Possible Hubpages Clone?

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  1. CYong74 profile image97
    CYong74posted 13 months ago

    Is this a clone?

    www . m i n u u te  . com (remove spaces)

    Our HP profiles are all found on it. Or is it some mirror site of ours?

    1. Miebakagh57 profile image66
      Miebakagh57posted 13 months agoin reply to this

      Cyong64, why don't you high lighten the web address for us to click through? Certain novice or newbie will find it hard to get it I think?                                              I'm going to check it out soon. Thanks for informing us.

    2. bravewarrior profile image91
      bravewarriorposted 13 months agoin reply to this

      Very weird. It even has the HP logo on the tab. How did you find that site, Cyong?

      1. Miebakagh57 profile image66
        Miebakagh57posted 13 months agoin reply to this

        Deleted

        1. Kyler J Falk profile image89
          Kyler J Falkposted 13 months agoin reply to this

          The things you say never cease to amuse me.

          1. Miebakagh57 profile image66
            Miebakagh57posted 13 months agoin reply to this

            Kyler, you're welcome.

    3. Misbah786 profile image87
      Misbah786posted 13 months agoin reply to this

      Strange! I was writing minute instead of minuute. Silly me. What's that?

      1. Nell Rose profile image88
        Nell Roseposted 13 months agoin reply to this

        Hi, I remember a few years ago when someone put a live link to the bad site that was stealing our content. They said at the time, to write it like the above so that it wouldn't get any clicks.

    4. Matt Wells profile imageSTAFF
      Matt Wellsposted 13 months agoin reply to this

      This site has nothing to do with HubPages. It's just an attempt to copy content. If your content has been copied you should file a DMCA complaint. Please visit the FAQ for instructions.

      1. bravewarrior profile image91
        bravewarriorposted 13 months agoin reply to this

        Matt if the entire site has been duplicated, including the HP logo, shouldn't HP do something about it rather than each individual writer?

        1. Kyler J Falk profile image89
          Kyler J Falkposted 13 months agoin reply to this

          Be careful, the last time I questioned Matt in such a way he deleted it, banned me, then falsely claimed there was some sort of personal attack. Shoot, maybe this one will get me beaned, too. A fair public warning for everyone, anyways, because weeks later I received an email from HubPages admitting I was correct in the matter.

          It inspired me to collect screenshots of similar comments that are never addressed, and start saving my own for use in legal matters should they arise. Too many Hubbers get away with murder, while others are perma-banned for minor behavior that isn't even against HP guidelines.

        2. Misbah786 profile image87
          Misbah786posted 13 months agoin reply to this

          Something similar happened on this forum I created a few weeks ago
          https://hubpages.com/community/forum/35 … ging-site-

          The authors were asked to report DMCA. I'm not sure how many did it, but I did with SS proof on forums. It didn't help. That Blogspot was also using The HubPages logo, as well as direct links to original articles. However, the site was  containing so many viruses that it was unable to view their homepage.
          I believe, HubPages need to take some action

          1. CYong74 profile image97
            CYong74posted 13 months agoin reply to this

            There's really nothing to be done beyond DMCA strikes. Most of these clones are hosted by shady companies. The hosts are also in countries that do not care about such things.

            Even if HP starts an international lawsuit, nothing will change.

            The only thing we can do is minimalize their potential revenue earning; a successful DMCA strike with Google will remove AdSense ads, for eg. Hopefully, they go away after a year of no earning.

            1. TessSchlesinger profile image86
              TessSchlesingerposted 13 months agoin reply to this

              +++

          2. Miebakagh57 profile image66
            Miebakagh57posted 13 months agoin reply to this

            That I agree. Individuals taking action alone seems not to help anyway.

      2. Brenda Arledge profile image81
        Brenda Arledgeposted 13 months agoin reply to this

        It must have to do with Hubpages because it's the complete site...not individuals per se.

        Take a look at it

        1. Miebakagh57 profile image66
          Miebakagh57posted 13 months agoin reply to this

          That's reasonable. HubPages action would seem the most best to protect or save the site.

    5. robhampton profile image93
      robhamptonposted 13 months agoin reply to this

      whois doesn't show alot, but maybe there's some info there. Looks like "Namesilo, LLC" owns it

      https://www.whois.com/whois/minuute.com

    6. robhampton profile image93
      robhamptonposted 13 months agoin reply to this

      This form is on Namesilo to report bad websites. Namesilo looks like it's a domain hosting site which is hosting minuute.com. Report to them can be made here:

      https://www.namesilo.com/report_abuse.php

      1. TessSchlesinger profile image86
        TessSchlesingerposted 13 months agoin reply to this

        Ah, that is what I was looking for. Who owned the site.

  2. Brenda Arledge profile image81
    Brenda Arledgeposted 13 months ago

    Wow!  Never saw that before but it takes me right to Hubpages.

  3. Brenda Arledge profile image81
    Brenda Arledgeposted 13 months ago

    I posted a reply over there...let's see if it shows up here.

    I've never seen this site before.

    1. Brenda Arledge profile image81
      Brenda Arledgeposted 13 months agoin reply to this

      Yep...it's here

      1. Misbah786 profile image87
        Misbah786posted 13 months agoin reply to this

        Ufff... That's crazy. How?

  4. bhattuc profile image83
    bhattucposted 13 months ago

    Strange.

  5. Jodah profile image91
    Jodahposted 13 months ago

    That is crazy. I wonder what the point is?

  6. emge profile image80
    emgeposted 13 months ago

    Couldn't locate this site from the web address given. Have you correctly mentioned it?

    1. Miebakagh57 profile image66
      Miebakagh57posted 13 months agoin reply to this

      That's worrying me. I land on a travel site! But I'm not traveling.

  7. CYong74 profile image97
    CYong74posted 13 months ago

    Emge: You have to add in your profile to the domain i.e. @emge

  8. CYong74 profile image97
    CYong74posted 13 months ago

    Bravewarrior: I ... google my name or profile handler regularly. It's a great way to find copycats.

  9. Misbah786 profile image87
    Misbah786posted 13 months ago

    When I visit my profile from that site, Google Analytics also displays a view showing source as direct.

  10. CYong74 profile image97
    CYong74posted 13 months ago

    I suspect the site previously had advertising, but these were removed after DMCA strikes, or similar.

    That is, if not a mirror of ours.

    1. TessSchlesinger profile image86
      TessSchlesingerposted 13 months agoin reply to this

      The site hasn't been indexed, or the index has been removed, so it's a dead site. You can only access it directly.

      1. CYong74 profile image97
        CYong74posted 13 months agoin reply to this

        I found it via Google. And it was listed high.

        1. TessSchlesinger profile image86
          TessSchlesingerposted 13 months agoin reply to this

          How. I keyed it in over and over again. And it wouldn't come up. What url did you use? Also, where are you?

          1. CYong74 profile image97
            CYong74posted 13 months agoin reply to this

            I already mentioned this above. I search using my profile names. It's far more effective because my names would only appear on sites containing them and there are few.

            I find this to be the easiest way to pinpoint where my writing and bios are used, because copycats usually copy wholesale, including my bios.

            If you search using topics, the copied versions wouldn't appear because of their low ratings.

            1. TessSchlesinger profile image86
              TessSchlesingerposted 13 months agoin reply to this

              Well, that would be interesing for me. Have you ever tried googling me? smile smile

              I google you, but it didn't come up. That has to be because of the different geographical location. I'm not going to try on my profile.  When I gogole Cyong74, I get 812 results. And you have 6 pages to scroll through. When I google me, I have 471,000 results, and I'm not even going to attempt to scroll through that! wink

              https://hubstatic.com/15641165.jpg

              1. CYong74 profile image97
                CYong74posted 13 months agoin reply to this

                I don't just do it with my handler, TBH. I do it with my full name and other aliases too i.e. whatever has ever been used by me in the copyright statement.

                Because I don't write on that many sites and I've long stopped leaving comments everywhere, the results are usually manageable.

                But inevitably, some clone pops up. It infuriates.

                BTW, I take location into consideration. So I always adjust my IP with VPN beforehand.

                1. TessSchlesinger profile image86
                  TessSchlesingerposted 13 months agoin reply to this

                  Ah, that's interesting. I am in Portugal right now, but when I use VPN, I usually use Chicago. Where are you using?

                  1. CYong74 profile image97
                    CYong74posted 13 months agoin reply to this

                    I am in Singapore. Typically, I set it to US or Japan.

    2. Miebakagh57 profile image66
      Miebakagh57posted 13 months agoin reply to this

      OMG...smart rabbit hole guys!

  11. eugbug profile image96
    eugbugposted 13 months ago

    Cloning entire niche sites used to be a frequent problem years ago, now it's not so common.

    1. bravewarrior profile image91
      bravewarriorposted 13 months agoin reply to this

      There's another forum that talks about PetHelpful being cloned to PetRadardotcom. I haven't checked it out yet. Although I have articles on that niche site, I'm not worried about it. If the sites aren't indexed, we have no worries. However, how are these sites being discovered by our colleagues? If the suspect sites are duplicates of HP/Maven platforms, then it seems to be the responsibility of HP/Maven to take them down, not each writer who encompasses the original niche sites. Especially since it's not only our work, but the trademarked (I'm assuming) logos of HP and/or Maven that are blatantly being duplicated.

      Is my logic off base?

      1. Shesabutterfly profile image95
        Shesabutterflyposted 13 months agoin reply to this

        I found petradar Googling my name + Hubpages it popped up on the first page

    2. CYong74 profile image97
      CYong74posted 13 months agoin reply to this

      Yeah. All the Delishably clones. I remember that.

  12. Kenna McHugh profile image89
    Kenna McHughposted 13 months ago

    Interesting.

 
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