Looking for some fresh inspiration, I dug into my archives this past week and found a copy of an old piece I'd written for an e-zine many, many years ago. It was kinda short and kinda lame, but I thought I could bring it back to life and make it work as a Hub, though it would need quite a bit of tweaking...
So I copy/pasted all the various bits and bobs into a new Hub, intending to use that skeleton merely as a starting point, not the be-all and end-all ... but then without thinking, I hit the "Publish" button instead of "Save Unpublished" ... "NO NO NO! I DIDN'T MEAN TO DO THAT!"
By the time I woke up the next morning I already had received the dreaded e-mail telling me that the article had been unpublished for violating the almighty Duplicate Content rule. I set immediately to work on it, revising, re-editing, and pretty much re-everything it before re-launching it back into the void for re-inspection this morning. (I think I just set a new world record for most uses of "re-" in one sentence...)
So if any of the Powers That Be are reading this, I assure you that I wasn't trying to pull a fast one. I am not now, nor have I ever been, a plagiarist (even if the only one being "plagiarized" in this case was myself!) and I hope the article passes thru with no issues this time, as it's now an entirely new piece. Thanks in advance...
I, a representative of the Powers That Be, forgive you.
Wow Sam, I cannot help but envy your power! What about the Mega Millions numbers?
Well, it doesn't matter, though you could have unpublished it straight away I'm sure it will be fine. HubPages loves you.
Awww, shucks. (blushing)
Did it make you want to jump out the window this time?
I got caught on one a while ago. I wrote a piece for another, long-defunct website and dug it out of the hopper, polished it a bit and posted it here. Dang! It's duplicate content. Some rascal had pinched my earlier article and posted it on their blog. Now, if ever I go to the archive I do a plagiarism check before starting work.
Anyway, Keith I think your record as a straight-shooter will weather this tiny storm.
Kinda similar thing happened to me and that's why I no longer write articles for individual clients (not magazines/sites) without payment in advance or at least a deposit. A year or so ago, a client asked me to write 10 articles and paid for each one on completion... and then he said he'll pay for the rest when all are done... and then he disappeared and I never got my money... so I decided to publish one of those duplicate articles on hubpages and almost immediately got a duplicate warning...
Things like these happen to all writers, it's just a matter of being careful, I'm sure everything will be fine
It could have been so much worse. When I was in my twenties I went through a William Carlos Williams phase and wrote a bunch of bad poetry. If I tried to publish some of that stuff on here HP would not bother with the duplicate content warning, they would just ban me for life.
And then where would those rutabagas be without another strong supporter?
Not yet, but we'll see what happens if this article stays in "pending" for much longer, the suspense is killin' me...
(bows in a gentlemanly fashion) Thank ya, Samantha. Thank ya very much. (tips hat)
Awww yeah, you know it. Rutabagas 4 Life!
I may jump out the window myself if the few days of the in-house programs are any indication of the earnings they provide.
Randy, the HubPages Ad program almost always pays out more than Google Adsense on its own. Like I said before, you need to give it a month before you compare.
I must be in the "almost" category.
I will give it a month. What choice do I have at this point?
After a few days in "pending" purgatory, the formerly "duplicate" article which is no longer a duplicate has now been approved by the Powers That Be and is featured. So all's well that ends well, I guess.
Godspeed, lil' doodle.
....aaaaand now it's been Spindittied, so its journey is complete, for whatever that's worth. My traffic #'s have been in the Dumpster for more than a week now so I have stopped checking my stats page, because it was too painful.
Glad to hear that it's found it's home.
My music hubs are very sad right now.
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