Stop Hubs from being Copied/Pasted and Stolen by Other Sites

Jump to Last Post 1-3 of 3 discussions (5 posts)
  1. 2besure profile image82
    2besureposted 5 years ago

    I just discovered and downloaded Wordpress Prevent Copy Paste plugin to my websites. It prevents you from highlighting content to copy and paste.  I have heard a lot of complaints about our hubs being stolen, and put on other sites, which hurts your SEO, because of duplicate content. You lose money, we lose money!  Can our experts here at HubPages, do the same for us?  Hoping and praying, Pam.

    1. brianrock profile image87
      brianrockposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Like Simey said, it sounds good but it won't actually accomplish much.

      When people "scrape" content, they use software that finds and downloads content from the Internet. Sometimes it accesses the page directly, and sometimes it accesses an RSS feed (because these have better structure to their HTML). The scraping software strips it down to the text of the article, and the scraper can then do what he wants with it.

      And there's no feasible way to prevent the scraping software from accessing the page without, well, blocking everyone. And that kind of defeats the purpose. Not to mention plug-ins like that lead to a poor user experience for the 99.99% of people reading your hub who aren't trying to steal your writing.

      A better suggestion would be to include a link somewhere in the article to another one of your hubs. This way, when the perpetrator scrapes and re-uses your content he will most likely keep that link, creating a free backlink to one of your hubs.

      Make the best of a bad situation, ya know?

      1. quotations profile image90
        quotationsposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Your idea about using the scrapers to create links for you is brilliant. I love it.

  2. SimeyC profile image94
    SimeyCposted 5 years ago

    Unfortunately this type of thing doesn't prevent professional scrapers from copying our work - it may deter a casual copier, but it's the scrapers who are doing the most damage to us!

  3. 2besure profile image82
    2besureposted 5 years ago

    Wow, had not idea, scraping other sites content was an organized operation!  Professional scrapers, hummm!  Unbelievable how hard dishonest people work, to make money on other people's labors!  Thanks for the great input everyone!


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)