Worried by Search Results for "My Name" and "Hubpages"

Jump to Last Post 1-4 of 4 discussions (12 posts)
  1. Alison Graham profile image96
    Alison Grahamposted 3 years ago

    I just did a search using my hubpages name and Hubpages (both in quotes) and got some worrying results.

    For example 70.40.205.43 / alison-graham-on-hubpages .htm (spaces inserted to avoid posting a link here.)

    This result returned a page entitled Alison Graham on Hubpages (but nothing to do with me) and a load of links purporting to be to some of my (and other hubbers) hubs but which point to other pages on that website and do not link to hubpages.

    There are lots more like this page with a very similar format

    **** Then there are ones like this site:-

    http://www. coervermovespa. com/groups/ alison-graham-on-hubpages/ (spaces inserted to avoid posting a link here.)

    Which is a page of spun rubbish purporting to be a 'group' created by someone around five months ago.

    Again no links back to my actual pages here

    Is there anything I can do about this sort of rubbish? Will it harm my Hubs' standing in search results? As there are no links to my pages and hardly any of my content, I don't think I could do a DMCA?

    1. Maina Ndungu profile image96
      Maina Ndunguposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I also found two pages using my HP name not long ago and posted a forum thread here. A reply from a Hubpages staff member informed that your name cannot be copyrighted.
      Don't know what they do with these names. Guess it's a matter of wait and see.

    2. Matthew Meyer profile image73
      Matthew Meyerposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      If you find your original copyrighted images or text has been used without your permission, then a DMCA NOI may be appropriate.
      You can find help filing one here if you decide to do so.
      http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/how- … -complaint

      1. rebekahELLE profile image87
        rebekahELLEposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        What do we do if we find pages such as the OP has found?  I also have found sites with a title of my hub and my hubbername used to direct searchers to rubbish pages having nothing to do with the content of the hub. There is no way to contact them or leave a message.  Can a DMCA be used with these sites?  They create different accounts to make similar pages.

        1. relache profile image85
          relacheposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          You can only file a Notice Of Infringement when your copyrights have been violated.  If that's the case, then yes.

          But if your copyrights have not been violated, then legally you have no grounds for filing that type of complaint.

          1. rebekahELLE profile image87
            rebekahELLEposted 3 years agoin reply to this

            They are using the title of a hub which ranks well along with my name.

    3. Maffew James profile image94
      Maffew Jamesposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Report it to Google as spam through their spam report tool.

      https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools … form?hl=en

      You need to list the URL, search phrase used in Google, and then explain why it is spam. The search phrase is the keyword you entered that brought up the spam result in search. Whilst Google doesn't directly act on every single spam report they receive, each spam report likely contributes to improvement of their algorithms that means results like these are less likely to appear.

      If spam sites like this do actually link to you, disavow the links in your Webmaster Tools account. You don't want links from spam sites because Google can see it as a sign that your own site is spam or buying links and will penalise you for it.

      Unless the site has used your content though, you can't submit a DMCA. The DMCA is a cease and desist notice that tells an entity it is violating your copyright by using your content without permission. An entity is not legally liable unless it has been made aware it is violating your copyright. If the material is not removed after you have sent a DMCA, they are legally liable should you choose to sue them.

      This is why a host that receives a DMCA will usually remove the content promptly, because failing to do so leaves them open to a lawsuit. The DMCA itself carries no particular power and is only valid in the US and some other countries that choose to honour it through similar laws.

      1. Alison Graham profile image96
        Alison Grahamposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        Thank you Matthew, I did not know about the 'spam' tool and will certainly look into this. Many thanks for taking the trouble to write a clear and helpful reply, much appreciated.

  2. janshares profile image97
    jansharesposted 3 years ago

    OMG, Alison. I just did it, put in my name and hubpages and got of bunch of jibbrish results, made up of pieces of my bio, hub titles, and hub pics (my own photos!). It looks awful. The good news is that the first search result is the direct link to my subdomain.

    1. Barbara Kay profile image91
      Barbara Kayposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I had the same thing happen, but my Hubpage account did come up first.

  3. Kylyssa profile image95
    Kylyssaposted 3 years ago

    Try my username, Kylyssa, plus HubPages if want to see something really depressing. The only thing that's actually me that shows up before the third page of Google results is a stupid post I made asking for help when I first got moved to HubPages. Almost every result is some kind of website that makes no sort of sense at all with my HubPages subdomain name either in the URL or on the page itself.

    I almost wonder if it isn't black hat negative SEO to destroy Google tolerance for HubPages usernames?

  4. rebekahELLE profile image87
    rebekahELLEposted 3 years ago

    Thanks for the helpful post, Maffew.  Now I know what to do.

 
working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com 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: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
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 googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
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)
Marketing
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.
Statistics
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)