Are you allowed to publish contnet you have published elsewhere here?

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  1. Brenda Massey profile image60
    Brenda Masseyposted 14 years ago

    I published an article I had published on another site and it now says "duplicate" in my stats.....Does this site not allow you to publish contnetn you have published elsewhere? Appreciate any help anyone could give me in answering this as most my stuff is in other places too.

    1. tantrum profile image60
      tantrumposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      If you want to keep your stuff here, you have to delete it from the other places. If not it will always show it's duplicate

    2. Marisa Wright profile image85
      Marisa Wrightposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      You are allowed to publish duplicate content on HubPages, but it will be picked up by the flagging system and it won't perform nearly as well as an original article.

      This is a lesson most newbies have to learn.  Some sites encourage you to post the same article on lots of sites - but actually, there's not much point.  Google can see that they're copied:  it will only present the most "respected" version to a search engine and ignore the rest. So you're not doing yourself a lot of good by multiple postings.

    3. darkside profile image64
      darksideposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      You can. But there are HubScore penalties. And enough individual hub penalties will drag your HubberScore down and all your outbound links on all your hubs will be nofollow.

      On top of that, you can't have outbound links on hubs with duplicate content.

      And added to that, what's the point? You've already published it. Move on and do something new. Even if it's the same topic, you could then link back to the other article. Or have the other article link to your new article. Or link both ways. But if it's duplicate content you wouldn't want to be a reader clicking through and seeing the same thing again.

    4. swtwin2 profile image68
      swtwin2posted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for asking that question.  I wondered the same thing.  Thanks, too, for those who answered.  It was helpful.

    5. wsp2469 profile image60
      wsp2469posted 14 years agoin reply to this

      The official word is NO.
      Are there things you can do to avoid your problem withOUT an entire rewrite?
      Use parenthetical comments before and after the duplicated material or get one of those free programs that slightly rewrites your stuff for you.

    6. David Harvey profile image59
      David Harveyposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      HubPages does not appreciate being loaded up with duplicate content. Neither does Squidoo, or Google or any place that is discerning about quality. And if you try to submit duplicate copy to EzineArticles, you can get your account banned.

      Duplicate articles are the bane of the Internet. There are billions of poorly-written and rewritten pages of content out there. That's how Google got to be King of all the search engines and directories... Because the founders came up with mathematical alogorithms to help their computers weed out the trash and give the people who search the best-possible search experience.

      If a whole lot of duplicate pages, of 'different' pages that all said much the same thing turned up in the SERPS (search engine results pages) then it would not be a good visitor experience.

      So the FIRST copy they see gets flagged as 'original' and all the other dupe copies get flagged as trash and placed in the 'also ran' results, that nobody sees unless they ask for them.

      That keeps Google number one, and nobody has been able to do the filtering job as well as they can. But everyone is trying to do so -- including HubPages, of course!

      Hubpages doesn't want duplicate articles eithet. Make your articles original, and they will reward you - with traffic, fame and earnings. Give them trash and your results will reflect what they 'think' of you -- electronically, robotically, of course!

  2. Dame Scribe profile image56
    Dame Scribeposted 14 years ago

    No. Recommend you rewrite the article then link them together or write on related subject. big_smile You can leave it but know your score will be lowered with duplicate content. hmm

  3. habee profile image93
    habeeposted 14 years ago

    Brenda, don't I know you from another writing site??

  4. Marisa Wright profile image85
    Marisa Wrightposted 14 years ago

    Possibly Helium?  They're probably the worst offender, because they insist that by keeping your articles forever, they're "only" taking first rights and you're free to publish as many times as you like elsewhere.

    What they don't tell you is how many other sites penalise duplicate content, like HubPages, or doesn't allow it at all.  And the ones that do allow duplicate content are often poor earners.

    1. wsp2469 profile image60
      wsp2469posted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Well, I'm a writer not an ad man so I wouldn't be concerned about "poor earners". 
      You scramble your stuff with one of those free programs and you're good to go or just add more material to the piece you have.

      1. Marisa Wright profile image85
        Marisa Wrightposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        As a writer, I wouldn't want to use a program that "scrambled my stuff". That's not writing.

        If you're not on HubPages to earn, then the duplicate flag is of no concern to you - you can just ignore it.

        1. wsp2469 profile image60
          wsp2469posted 14 years agoin reply to this

          As a writer I do not use a 'scrambler' i am simply saying he could.
          Yes, you are correct.  if he is a writer then he doesn't have to worry too much about the whole duplicate issue.

          Anyway, OP, don't stress too much.  there are a lot of other worse things on the internet than duplicate articles.
          if you are not concerned about any theoretical, potential earnings then--again--don't worry about it. 
          By the way, if you truly are a writer then you can make more money actually writing articles than putting up some of the hubs that some of the misguided-think-they-re-gonna-get-rich ad people put up here.
          First decide what you want to be, an advertiser or a writer and then make your choices.

          1. Marisa Wright profile image85
            Marisa Wrightposted 14 years agoin reply to this

            Of course, it's possible to be both.  Most writers (journalists, novelists etc) have to write with one eye on the bank balance.  That doesn't make them bad writers.

            1. wsp2469 profile image60
              wsp2469posted 14 years agoin reply to this

              I'm sorry.  I was a bit short in my comment.  Allow me to clarify.
              Having been a print journalist I can honestly say that I never had to write ad copy or place ads.  That was done by a separate department and the ads were never placed in the middle of my articles and rarely if ever on the same page.
              Novelists don't write advertisements and rarely if ever see ads even IN their books unless the book goes into paperback and then the ad generally goes into the back in the otherwise blank extra pages.
              I am simply saying their are writers and people who write ad copy.
              Both get paid but they have different titles and get paid to so different things.  Not making judgments per se, just making sure we recognize the difference.
              One gets paid to write stories another gets paid to 9at best)write ad copy.

              1. sunforged profile image70
                sunforgedposted 14 years agoin reply to this

                Welcome to self publishing on the internet , where everything you knew is now meaningless..except for sentence structure

                1. wsp2469 profile image60
                  wsp2469posted 14 years agoin reply to this

                  I just wanted marisa to understand that I am differentiating between the two and why/how I know the difference. 
                  Personally, I still don't place ads here.  My boss at has done it on a couple of hubs in order to show me how but I don't.
                  Someone on another thread wrote a post about the two and their relationship on HubPages and I thought it was brilliant.  I wish I could remember where I saw it!
                  Re: sentence structure--I have seen hubs that prove THAT wrong, too OR perhaps prove that HP doesn't give a sh*t about grammar or proper use of English or even spelling. LOL

              2. Marisa Wright profile image85
                Marisa Wrightposted 14 years agoin reply to this

                Who said anything about writing ad copy?  I'm here on HubPages to make money, and I don't write ad copy.  I'm sure when you were a journalist, you couldn't just write about any old thing that took your fancy - you had to write articles that would appeal to the newspaper's readers.  Same with novelists - anyone will tell you mainstream publishers want stories that fall into recognizable genres, so novel writers have to tailor their plots accordingly if they want to get published.  If writers want to eat, they have to write to get paid one way or another.

                I get really pissed off when some writers imply that anyone who writes for money on HubPages is in some way prostituting an art.  You may not have meant that, but that's how it came across.

                1. wsp2469 profile image60
                  wsp2469posted 14 years agoin reply to this

                  I am the one who mentioned writing ad copy.  I did not say you personally write ad copy.  I've read one or two of your hubs and I do not recall you inserting a ton of ads.  (Was I wrong?) 
                  Actually, depending on my position and the publication I could pretty much write about whatever I chose to write about within reason.  Sorry, but that's the truth.
                  I have not surveyed all mainstream publishers nor am I limiting my remarks to mainstream publishers.  I am not even sure how you would personally define that these days.
                  Novelists write what they want and then submit their works to publishers.  Editors assist in doing the tailoring you speak of and depending on how long you are willing to wait and how many places you are willing to submit your material to eventually--once you are established--there is not as much tailoring as you might think.  If writers want to eat they just might work another job or do something else they enjoy to supplement their income rather than just surrender to everything and anything. 
                  I never said writers don't have to write to get paid.  I said writers write what they want to write and get paid and advertising people write ad copy.  I am not implying anything.  I am differentiating between advertisers and writers.  I am not going to get into some debated about "prostitution" which can easily lead into the generalized: everyone is a prostitute".  There is a focus involved here.  Perhaps it would help to pose the question do real writers themselves need to post advertisements on their hubs to make money? 
                  Now that you brought it up, I am not so sure I'm comfortable with the word art used in the same sentence as making money either.  Art is art whether it makes money or not.  Didn't mean to point any fingers at anyone specifically.  I am just telling it like it is.

  5. Maratha Warrior profile image61
    Maratha Warriorposted 14 years ago

    I had done like this before but no chance. You first post your article on HP and then post it anywhere else. This results in your article on HP will indexed first and no more duplicate issue.

  6. sunforged profile image70
    sunforgedposted 14 years ago

    yeah..sentence structure was a joke too, unfortunately


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