Stealing Another Hubbers Hubs

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  1. davidlivermore profile image97
    davidlivermoreposted 5 years ago

    Now it's not what it sounds like.

    I ran into another hubbers hubs, it was about five years old and it did provide some useful advice, but it was horribly done.  I know I could write new content about the same topic, with photos, etc.  I scratched the idea because the topic was very saturated.

    But that brings up the question, have you ever seen a hubbers hub and think you could do it better?  Did you try and were you successful?

    1. Cardisa profile image89
      Cardisaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Choosing the same topic is no problem but rewriting a person's hub no matter how horrible the original be, is a violation to me.

      No one owns an idea but when someone rewrite my work I can always tell by certain phrases, the outline and so forth that they copied my work and spun it. that's where a writer should draw the line.

      Choosing the same topic and writing on the same title is okay but that's far as I would go.

      BTW, people don't only rewrite bad articles they also rewrite excellent work as a means to copy the person. I have had a few of my hubs spun by hubbers which p*sses me off.

      1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image99
        TIMETRAVELER2posted 5 years agoin reply to this

        This just happened to me for the first time, but the joke is on the copier because this has been one of my worst performing hubs!

        1. Cardisa profile image89
          Cardisaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          lol lol. Does it bother you that they did it anyway?

          1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image99
            TIMETRAVELER2posted 5 years agoin reply to this

            Yes, of course it does but I figure if they are too stupid to set up their own posts well, the payback will come to them in other ways.  You know...what goes round comes round!

  2. Pearldiver profile image80
    Pearldiverposted 5 years ago

    Often... and I have had my subjects copied often.  I never copy anyone's work... I don't believe there is any need to do so... especially if one is creative enough and qualified enough to be original.. smile

  3. WryLilt profile image89
    WryLiltposted 5 years ago

    I think most of my topics have been done before, from different angles.

    About the only one I know hasn't, is my delayed cord clamping one.

  4. ChristinS profile image59
    ChristinSposted 5 years ago

    Honestly, I have yet to find a topic that other people haven't probably covered and I don't even look.  If I want to write about something I write about it.  It will be in my own voice, from my own experience and research.  I write a lot on natural health for example, there is a lot of that kind of material available online, but I also add my own spin to it, my experiences, what I feel works and doesn't, how to make things the way I do it etc.

    There's no such thing as a topic that hasn't been done in my opinion - so do it in your own way.  Just rewriting someone else's hub would be bad - theft. Writing on the same topic? Not so much..

  5. moonlake profile image89
    moonlakeposted 5 years ago

    I have seen rewriting of a few of my own hubs I knew they had done their hub from mine. You can spot it if it's been done there was one item in this person's hub that I knew she had taken from mine. I have never redone anyone's hub because I know I couldn't do better and I just wouldn't do it. Often you will do a hub and not realize someone else has one like that. That’s going to happen on here there's no getting away from it.

    1. CraftytotheCore profile image78
      CraftytotheCoreposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I search before writing anything.   I go to the search box on HP and type in what title I want to use.  From there, you can see a list of everything from questions that have been asked to hubs written about the topic.  That helps guide me in writing topics which aren't saturated here on HP.

  6. Writer Fox profile image49
    Writer Foxposted 5 years ago

    One thing to remember about writing on HubPages is that your article is not only in competition for ranking with every article on the Web, but it is also in competition with other Hubs. 

    Google will only show a few Hubs in search rankings for keywords, so you definitely have to check the competition on the HP site for the keywords you want to target. 

    That said, four months ago I wanted to write an article about killing rats.  When I looked at the other Hubs on the subject, there were many of them, including a recent one written by Paul E.  After analyzing them, I was sure that I could outrank them.  My Hub 'Killing Rats' now ranks #1 on Google for that keyword phrase and for 'rats problem.'  So, it can be done!

    1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image99
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Writer Fox:  I just went on Google Keyword Tool to check some things and can no longer figure out how to use it!  What happened?

      1. Writer Fox profile image49
        Writer Foxposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Here are two articles about using the new Keyword Planner: … rds-157123 … rch/69655/

        Always remember that when you look at 'competition', those numbers represent competition for advertisers bidding on AdWords, not competition for the search terms on Google.  To find competition for keywords, put your keyword phrase in quotations and enter into the Google search box.  Google will show the number of exact-match webpages it stores in its index for that phrase.  Searching the phrase without the quote marks will show broad match competition.

        1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image99
          TIMETRAVELER2posted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Thanks so much

    2. davidlivermore profile image97
      davidlivermoreposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      The article I saw had useful information, but the format was yucky and it was basically one, long text box.

      I plan to write my own hub on the same topic, but in mind I can include high quality video and images which will be useful to the hub.

      Thanks for your reply, made me feel better about it!

  7. Rochelle Frank profile image94
    Rochelle Frankposted 5 years ago

    HubPages has such a wide and extensive inventory of useful information, it is sometimes as easy to search out subjects here,  as it is going to Google. 
    There is nothing new under the sun, but everyone has a different perspective.

  8. LeanMan profile image86
    LeanManposted 5 years ago

    You will almost certainly be "copying" something that someone else has written no matter what subject you decide to write about. I make a point of reading what else is out there before I write, often finding various nuggets of information to include that otherwise I would have overlooked.

    This helps ensure that your page is going to be that little bit or hopefully a huge amount better than the competition.

    This is not "copying" or "stealing", this is research! You then write about the subject in your words using your perspective and experience and create something that is more thorough and better presented than the competition.

    1. Millionaire Tips profile image91
      Millionaire Tipsposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I make it a point NOT to read these articles until after I have written my hub, just to make sure I don't inadvertently start copying them, the format, etc. 

      Then, after I have written mine, I read these articles to make sure I covered the topic thoroughly and to make sure that mine is better than theirs.

  9. Anna Marie Bowman profile image90
    Anna Marie Bowmanposted 5 years ago

    I have covered the same topic, answered the same question, before.  It depends on what I am writing about.  I always do it in my own way, like everything.  Depending on what I am writing about, I do a bunch of research, write up my Hub, and then do more research to make sure I haven't missed anything.  I am sure there are times when I have written something that someone else has already covered, but I don't usually search it out before hand.  I like to write from my own mind, without any distractions, influences, etc.  I will research facts and pertinent information.


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