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duplicate content

  1. Leelin profile image61
    Leelinposted 8 years ago

    Thought I would ask here first since I think this will be an easy question.
    So here it is: I have a hub thats been decided is duplicate content, and says it needs revision. Does that mean there is another hub just like it or some other page online somewhere? I wrote the whole hub myself and didn't copy anything from anywhere. i just want an idea of how I can fix it in the easiest way. Any ideas?
    thanks guys for any help you can offer.

    1. pauldeeds profile image
      pauldeedsposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      It means the content of the hub appears elsewhere on the internet.  In your case, your hub bears a remarkable resemblance to this page on infobarrel that was posted 9 days before your hub.   Perhaps you posted your original work there as well.  If not, you've got some explaining to do ...

      http://www.infobarrel.com/Old_Wives_Tal … st_Popular

      1. Leelin profile image61
        Leelinposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks for your response pauldeeds,
        That's what I thought. I write a lot of articles and once in a while I forget that I used it, as in this case. I'll just have to do what I got to do to make it right.

    2. shanekruger profile image59
      shanekrugerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      it's mean that your hub content has been copied from some other site and called duplicate content and duplicate content has no benefits for increasing your score.

  2. Leelin profile image61
    Leelinposted 8 years ago

    Pauldeeds, (or anyone) I decided to ask here rather than start a new thread. I have rewritten that Hub (although I didn't rewrite every word, just most) plus I added quite a bit of content (several hundred words all written by me and unique to this hub.) I'm hoping that is enough revision but don't know for sure and am a little scared to have it looked at again for fear of rejection, and having another strike against me (and losing my hubpage account?) I really like the hubpages community and don't want to rock the boat (if you know what I mean.) Any suggestions?
    Thanks for your response.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image98
      Marisa Wrightposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Leelin, I wouldn't worry too much.  People make the mistake of thinking the duplicate flag is some kind of awful negative judgment, whereas in fact, its main purpose is to warn Hubbers that (a) their Hub won't earn as well because it's not original or (b) that their Hub has been stolen by someone else.

      I have a few flagged Hubs which I wrote back when I first started here, and didn't understand about duplicate content.  They are Helium articles that I thought I could "repurpose" here (because Helium encourages you to think that's OK, and doesn't warn Heliumites about duplicate content!)

      I've never gotten around to revising those Hubs but because they're only a small part of my portfolio, they don't affect my score - and they still get traffic, and still earn money (although I realise they might earn more if I revised them).

      So I would go ahead and republish. If it's still flagged, you can always revise it again.  If that's difficult, you can decide - either "unpublish" it until you have time to work on it, or just ignore it and get on with writing more Hubs.

      1. relache profile image89
        relacheposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        A duplicate content flag is not what you see when your content has been stolen by someone else.  The two things are quite different.

  3. johnr54 profile image50
    johnr54posted 8 years ago

    To get some idea of how good a job of rewriting your hub you've done, run it thru copyscape.com and it will tell you if it has found duplicate content on the web.

  4. Leelin profile image61
    Leelinposted 8 years ago

    Thanks guys (and gals;o)
    My hub was accepted and published, so all's well. I just have to make sure I don't try to use an article I have inadvertently published elsewhere!

  5. tinarathore84 profile image68
    tinarathore84posted 8 years ago

    hello..I have two hubs that are flagged duplicate. actually, i posted the material i had on mouthshut. i don't know how to remove my content from mouthshut so that my hub is original. can i leave my hub like that?

    also, most of the content of my hubs was previously at my blog, because of the duplicate tag i had to remove it from my blog too...what if i now post the content of my hubs on my blog...will it still show as duplicate? i don't want to leave links to hubpages content on my blog. can you suggest something?

    1. Marisa Wright profile image98
      Marisa Wrightposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      If content is duplicated, it will be flagged as duplicate.  It's that simple.  You can't have the same material in two places at the same time. 

      You can either revise the Hub, or delete it.

      As for your blog - why don't you want to have links to HubPages content on your blog?

    2. profile image0
      PWalker281posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I explained to HubPages that my hub that they flagged for  duplicate content was originally written (and subsequently deleted) on ezinearticles.  It didn't seem to matter that the article no longer appears at ezinearticles.  The other important issue for HubPages was that the duplicate content NOT contain any outgoing links.  I asked for clarification but never received it.  So my assumption is that deleting the article from where it was previously published won't keep it from being flagged for duplicate content here.  You may want to double check with team@hubpages.com to be sure.

      1. Marisa Wright profile image98
        Marisa Wrightposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        The duplicate flag won't disappear straight away, because the version on ezinearticles won't disappear off Google for some time after it's deleted.  Once the ezine version is really gone, you'll find the flag eventually disappears

        That means you can publish duplicate content provided you don't have any hyperlinks to anywhere outside HubPages in the text.  It won't do very well, but it won't get unpublished by the HP team.

  6. forlan profile image56
    forlanposted 8 years ago

    Repair the content and check with copyscape.com. If your content similar with other content, copyscape will display similar content in first page. try it free.