I have had about 5 of my hubs stolen. They have been shamelessly republished on over 5 sites (some hubs were stolen by more than one).
They look to be low quality sites, so I don't think that they are making a lot of money off of my work. I am not sure if it is worthwhile to file DMCA complaints. The bad guys are doing this as a business model and look to be foreign, mainly India, so I doubt they will care. If they don't take down I would have to pursue their listings on Google, etc.
My question to you is this: does the existence of this copied article hurt my traffic and rankings. I know that Google has methods of telling which article is the original, but what if I update my hub and theirs then becomes the older, "original" article. Are they likely to be taking traffic away from me?
I guess my question is whether the effort to fight these pirates is worth it.
Has anyone gotten pirated content taken down and then noticed a rise in traffic to their stolen hub?
I always try and get a copied article taken down - email first, threatening email second, whois third, DMCA last. Currently I have no copied articles. I see it as a duty to at least try and stop the cheats.
Hello, Quotations, I am yet to experience this. I felt for your loss. I hope those who have gone through this scenario will help you out. Thanks for sharing.
They are never going to update the copy. They don't know anything about the subject. Google used to do a takedown for my complaints so fast it would make my head spin. Last time I filed complaints, they did nothing at all.
What's just funny to me is how sometimes very weak articles get stolen. Other times I see them stolen, and people put my name at the top of the thing, as they are more or less trying to do 'the right thing.' It's kind of a case by case basis, whether or not I'm going to do anything about it. Usually I don't.
> Other times I see them stolen, and people put my name at the top of the thing, as they are more or less trying to do 'the right thing.'
I also have some hubs where people have quoted large sections (far more than allowable as fair use) but at least they gave a link back to the original. I'm not even upset about these. The ones that really annoy me is where they quote the entire article, sometimes with the pictures, and don't give me any credit. In one case, they even have someone else from their site listed at the author.
I have had the majority of my articles copied, and as far as I can tell it does not matter much to traffic or ranking. The only time I do notice and bother to report it is when a Youtuber copies my hub and then reads along with photos. I followed an article last year that was copied the first week by Youtube, and when I had about 100 page views his video (of my text) had about 1000 views.
In that case I had it taken down. I will look at the others but they are usually Russian sites (that will not take it down) and have no Google ads on them so I do not report it to Google.
I have had some health articles copied to blogs from the US but they are usually meant to help a certain dog breed so I do not try to have them taken down. If I check anonymously the copies of my articles are never rated higher than my own original, so it appears the people at the search engines know.
Dr. Mark your articles are so informative and you put a lot of work into them. It makes me so disgusted the majority of them have been copied and people are taking advantage of your knowledge of your niche. I'm glad to know it hasn't hurt your ranking of them on Google.
by Rochelle Frank 13 months ago
Yep, it was. I looked up the owner of the blog and sent the suggested dmca info to them , no response.I delved further and found out it was on aTumblr site. I looked around and found a contact that deals with copyright issues. Sent the information. They replied promptly, asked a question or two and...
by Cynthia Calhoun 6 years ago
As hubbers, we know that our content can and will be copied. We file DMCA complaints. We try to use CopyScape. We try to sign up for Google alerts.Is there any other way to help protect our content BEFORE it happens, rather than suffering the after-effects of losing Google traffic and having...
by Stacie L 3 days ago
I'm wondering if my best articles that are being copied can still be claimed as copied if the editors are making drastic changes to it.It really isn't the same article that the thieves took so filing a DMCA may be useless. BTW,most of my articles are on private blogger or websites without Google...
by Tony 4 years ago
Wondering where some of my traffic has buggered off to so I have searched some of my main keywords only to find that direct copies of my hubs now outrank the original hubs by being published on of all places LinkedIn...It seems that a copy on LinkedIn will outrank our original articles very...
by Marcy Goodfleisch 6 years ago
If you are seeing a drop in traffic, start checking for more stolen content. After seeing a nice surge in traffic following the latest Panda thing, I suddenly tanked. Stats were not updated quickly, so it took me a bit to realize I was indeed seeing a 'trend.' Sure enough - there...
by Mary McShane 4 years ago
If you have noticed your traffic decreasing lately on some of your hubs, this Facebook page is copying content from several hubbers and publishing it on their FB page. The Facebook page is called OHealth atwww .facebook .com /pages ...
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