I've been using Google Alerts to find and report duplicated hubs without having to spend hours doing a monthly search for them. Here's what you do. Go to Google Alerts, add an alert and copy and paste the headline in "" into the alert, eg., "Headline". Then select -
How often - "As it happens"
How many - "All results"
Deliver to - make sure email is correct.
Then repeat process with snippets of content contained in " ".
I already received some notification of problem websites using this method and was able to deal with them straight away! Here's my handy book of links:
Report Them To Adsense (if they are displaying Adsense ads)
https://support.google.com/adsense/cont … eport?rd=1
Report DMCA - for complete duplications
https://support.google.com/legal/troubl … 14905?rd=2
Google Spam Report - for spun articles and funny meta text
Report Remove from Google Search (Webmaster tools) - for when website comes up but isn't available anymore.
Google Scraping Outrank - for when a duplicated hub is above yours in search results.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Pw1KVO … Y/viewform
This whole process just got a lot easier. Once you've checked your hubs and put them all into Google Alerts, then all you have to do is add new hubs to Google Alerts before you publish them. Problem solved!!!
This is really useful for writers and authors not only here but for the entire worldwide web with google alert. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you. That makes it much easier to know what to do if anyone copies our hubs.
If you just register every time at copyrighted.com and place it on your hubs this might alleviate others from stealing your content. You can prove it was yours by registering there.
This info would make a good hub. Problem is I am in Canada.
I don't think registering your work is enough to prevent thievery, only helpful in lawsuits (and since I have the original date and time stamped files of my hubs in Microsoft Word, as well as backup date stamped html copies, I'd win anyway). Google Alerts means you can actively find out what's being posted on the whole web and deal with copies before they've had time to sit too long.
Suzanne, have you ever considered the actual likelihood and cost of an actual lawsuit over an internet article?
Not really. Either the copier is making heaps of money and you should sue them to rake it back, or use your date stamped originals to prove to third parties like Google and Hubpages etc etc that you are the original owner, should it be in dispute, and not bother suing over any small amounts.
In the case of a hubber who had her article published for millions of people to see on a leading Chinese newspaper, I would considering suing them for damages. It could be quite lucrative, considering they'd be caught in a media storm over nicking content off the internet for their "news". Court costs could be covered in the suit too.
China doesn't have the copyright laws we do. They even steal books and republish them, sewing patterns, and the list goes on and on.
That's what China is all about when it comes to copying and/or plagiarism. So it is better, and I agree that suing them is very lucrative. I also thanks the poster here about how to solve this copying problem. It is helpful for members here.
Great idea Suzanne. I have used Google alerts and had luck. I just need to do it on every new article. My husband is in a class action lawsuit and I get updates that way too. You can use it for many things - even updates for hubs.
Hi Suzanne, those seem like good tips. I haven't gotten that far yet, and need to work on the copied content thing. I was just in my HubPages account, and found about 25 different copied content things there, with a DMCA complaint link, ready to go? Do you use that "copied hubs" tab ever, and are these other methods above and beyond that?
I haven't tried to get content off another site for some time. I am honestly not sure where to begin. It is so frustrating and so odd to see others take your things, and be possibly earning on it.
Thanks for what you shared, and as I have time I am sure I will use some of those ideas too.
I have had 1 reported copied hub here on Hubpages. The funny thing is that there were hundreds more out there that didn't get picked up, so I wouldn't rely on it.
Me too, Suzanne. I spend more time these days trying to chase down the copies than writing. I'm going to use your method and set up some Google Alerts. Does using the headline alone draw in the copy cat sites? I was going to try phrases of text too since I've found other sites where the translations don't convert exactly.
Use the headline in " " as well as about 4 snippets from the hub (try to pick original sounding sentences that would definitely be obviously copied from your hub). Also put them in " " in Alerts. If you don't use the " " you'll get heaps of additional stuff emailed to you that might not be relevant.
Very nice. I just found ANOTHER copied article of mine today, and I had a hell of a time getting a hold of him. So, now I have more of a game plan!
Do you report them to adsense as well as filing DMCA? And if so, does it matter what order you do that in?
What happens when you report them to adsense? (Do you have to file the DMCA first?)
I quite like the idea of stopping thieves from making money!
If the plagiarist site is using AdSense, I report to AdSense first. Then, I wait a few days and file the DMCA with the host. AdSense has to be able to see the stolen content on the site before the hosting service removes it in response to your DMCA notice.
Getting plagiarists banned from advertising accounts is the best way to put content thieves out of business.
Thanks, Writer Fox.
Until now I have been filing DMCAs ... but will certainly report to AdSense from here on in. What kind of result do you see? Have you seen entire sites lose AdSense?
Yes, many times. Here's how you report to AdSense:
https://support.google.com/adsense/trou … 0500?hl=en
When they lose that account, they usually go to Bidvertizer, or one of the other alternative advertising services.
Here's the letter I send: http://justpaste.it/l3it
I used the link Suzanne provided a few hours ago for one offender.
Wish I'd had this letter! I didn't think to ask for the money ... but I will next time.
Have you received payment for any of your copied content?
No, you won't get any money. But, you'll get the plagiarist's account closed sooner!
Artists are the ones who have more potential to sue for money. Writers don't get much money, so we focus instead on closing them down.
Thanks for the link. I'll certainly do this next time I see an infringement with an ad on it.
I know nothing about tumblr. Can I have these pages removed?
http:// successfullylivingoffgrid. tumblr.com/
Lots of my photos, plus some text.
Yes, there's links to my hubs ... but my photos don't lead to me at all.
http:// off-gridliving.tumblr.com/post/109983884626/ reasonistruth-top-tips-for-living-off-the-grid
This is one of my pics, inviting people to follow, with 30,196 hits. Long list of people liking and 'reblogging' it but I'm guessing that's just sending people to the tumblr page ... which may or may not result in them clicking on the photo to get to my hub.
Whether or not it results in additional traffic, it annoys me.
I have no objection to pinterest, but they don't steal my photos. What do you do about tumblr?
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