I just realized there is a forum section where I can ask this!
I am brand new to Hub Pages, and I got a "duplicate" warning on my very first article I submitted.
In the past I have always made a point of publishing my content in various places, to make it more accessible to a wider range of people. I've had folks struggle with finding Facebook files, or complain that Google doc addresses are too long and complex to remember for easy sharing. So I simply publish across multiple platforms.
Am I going to have to pull all of my content from all other sites in order to have it published on Hub? Will Hub go forward with publishing my article if I do pull it from elsewhere?
That's kind of a huge bummer if so, but I am willing to give it a try because I REALLY like how easy the HubPages format is to use!
I don't want to pull this particular article until I am 100% certain as to how this works. The article contains Covid-19 information and is pinned in many groups on Facebook, pinned on my own Facebook organization page, and is also published on the website of an org. Pulling it would cause a lot of disruption, so I want to ensure that I will be able to replace it with the HubPages link to my article quickly.
Thank you for your time, please be gentle... I love this site so far & am hoping to use it for years to come!
One of the basic requirements here is that content has to be original. In other words, it should not be concurrently published elsewhere.
You can republish old content, though. However, you have to first remove the versions published elsewhere. Preferably, also wait for them to deindex from the net before publishing them here. This usually takes around 2-4 weeks.
On another note, it's bad for SEO to have duplicate content all over. So this move is worth following.
Even when you delete the old posts on Facebook (or whatever) be sure to do a search and find out if there are any copies. The copies of your work will also trip the duplicate filter and HP will not publish a duplicate.
Your best move is to just publish original things here from now on.
Thanks for the response! After reading through more of the forums, I've decided I'm honestly not going to stick with Hub. I get the impression that people can copy/paste and take your content to re-use elsewhere, and Hub will pull your original article as a "duplicate". At least on FB the article shares come back to my organizations page, and on Google Docs I can copy protect my content. I like the format, but it doesn't sound like Hub does much to actually protect users content. I shouldn't have to worry about my original work being removed from the only place I am allowed to post it with a copyright, just because someone copy/pasted it without permission. Seems like a major flaw to me.
Anyone can do that anywhere you post on the internet.
If you are under the impression that people cannot steal your works on FB or Google Docs you are sadly mistaken. This is where we are at now with internet. Anything you write can be taken, and if the theif decides to just steal your ideas you cannot even file a DCMA.
Incidentally, if someone steals your article and posts it elsewhere HP does not pull your article as being a duplicate. Many of mine have been stolen, and Google also knows to rank my original articles higher than the theives that come along later. The main problem at this point is that the theives also post on Youtube and some people prefer videos to the written word. Google will take them down, IF you are able to find them.
Dr. Mark, your post and that of the others is enlightening. Thanks.
Glad it helps. I have lost many thousands of views through Youtube and the only way I know of many of those copies is people leaving a comment on an article like "I already saw this on Youtube".
Last year I wrote one article and it got the featured snippet the next week. When I went to see why it was not getting much traffic I saw that when it was searched Google put the Youtube copy of my article ABOVE my article. I filed a DCMA, of course, and it was taken down in a few days. I still lost a lot of views that way of course.
Dr. Mark, I am well aware my content can be stolen from anywhere, and I fully accept that. In searching the forums, I found people stating that their content had been stolen from HP, posted elsewhere, and that HP had then pulled and unpublished their original content as duplicate. At least elsewhere, I know for a fact that my original will stay up, despite being copied/stolen. I am not going to exclusively publish my content on a site where I have to worry about my content being unpublished due to thievery. If I am going to use a site that requires me to be exclusive, I want a lot more protection of my content and a guarantee that it will not be taken down. This site has a great layout, and looks like it works awesome for a lot of people, but I don't think it is what I am looking for.
@Cyong74, thank you for that explanation. There's no way I can have my article pulled/unpublished for the 2-4 weeks this site would require, it's too time sensitive and is updated regularly as new information becomes available.
I am seeking to compile all of my content in one place, so it's not just a matter of just making new original content going forward. I have just about everything I want to put in one place already written and published elsewhere. I will just build a website.
Thank you for the help!
For the record, I have never had any article pulled because of subsequent copies. Neither have I heard anybody suffering the same.
It is only when content is already published, then republished here, that the article would be unfeatured.
In fact, when content is duplicated elsewhere, the platform even warns you.
I just wanted to say that my experience and discoveries with respect to copied content have been the same as CYong74's.
You need to write original content on Hub Pages that is worth reading.
It's true that when your item is original and perfect, it's likely to be featured unless someone somewhere stole it and made you look like a thief yet you are the original owner
When you publish in HP, copyright remains with you. So you can delete and withdraw it from here anytime and then publish elsewhere.
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