My most popular hub has a warning on it that it may of been copied by someone else. Does that mean someone on Hubpages or somewhere else online and can I do anything about it? That particular hub is always my highest scoring and has had a score of 100 before now so I don't want to lose that.
It could almost anywhere on the internet. If you can find out where it's posted, you can try to contact either the person who posted it or the website and ask them to remove it.
I was able to find it and have emailed the webmaster to ask for it to be removed. It came up as one of the top results in a Bing search so not good for my hub views
If they refuse to take it down is there anything I can realisticly do?
File a DMCA with the host. There are instructions in the learning center, plus I've written a hub with detailed instructions on how to do that in difficult cases.
If a DMCA to the host fails (never seen it happen, and I've filed hundreds) you can also file with Google. Notify Amazon, eBay or any other affiliate program being used on the site and try to get any affiliation removed - without money coming in there isn't much reason to have the article. Google will cancel their adsense if they are using stolen content and they'll hate that!
You can copy selected passages on a search engine to see where else it has been published.
Hi Elderberry, just click on the link at the top of your hub page where it says warning, you will see the copied link in blue, click on that and it will take you straight to the stolen one, then you will find a contact bit on there to complain, okay?
Nell - this is a great feature! Is it new? I've gone through agony with copied hubs in the past (and traffic has never been revived on most of them. I have had any warnings about copies since the new icons in our accounts appeared, and I hope I don't experience that pain again, but I love this feature!
You know? I had a copy of a story that I posted on my business site so that Staples could download it and print it out for Christmas presents. I decided to publish here and forgot to take it down from the other spot. I removed it and republished as the instructions said. It has been a week and I still have not been allowed to be live. At this point, it isn't doing anyone any good--and, it is a cause marketing piece related to a horrible kitten disease. I'd like to know how to unpublish is here and just move on.
Yes, write to the hub staff and inquire about it and they'll either tell you or refer you to a link where the copy or similar wording is.
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