is it permissable/acceptable to repurpose your own articles here?

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  1. profile image0
    pat2004posted 15 years ago

    Hi. I am finally getting around here. Registered in Jan but JUST getting going. Life's been busy.

    Before I do something silly, is it permissable/acceptable to repurpose your own articles here? I've got about 70 some articles and I thought I would take some of my favorites or more popular and modify for use here.

    Look foward to meeting you all here.

    Patricia Weber

    1. Maddie Ruud profile image72
      Maddie Ruudposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Pat:

      We do frown on duplicate content here at HubPages, and hubs that contain content reproduced in large part or whole elsewhere on the web do get a penalty applied to their score.  That said, posting your own content from elsewhere is not against the rules, but we do not allow outbound links or feeds on hubs that are not content unique to HubPages.  I would recommend revising the articles in question before posting them to avoid either of these problems.

      Welcome to HubPages!

      1. bobwebb42 profile image41
        bobwebb42posted 15 years agoin reply to this

        Hi Maddie,

        From your comments it seems that you are requiring members to place their NEW articles FIRST on HubPages and then they can place them elsewhere on the net?

        This seems to be the only way to get the same content out onto many places on the web, which many of us NEED to do.

        1. Maddie Ruud profile image72
          Maddie Ruudposted 15 years agoin reply to this

          Hi Bob:

          We're requiring that members place unique content on HubPages, and not place them elsewhere, when using outbound links.

          Duplicate content ranks lower in search engines anyway, so you'd be wise to rewrite and tweak your articles if you're using them for promotion or marketing.

  2. profile image0
    pat2004posted 15 years ago

    Hi Maddie and thank YOU for the clarification.

    My first article is still in edit mode but saved.

    Now, I'd say I have revised about 20% of the article, kept the same title and have a UNIQUE outbound link not in the original.

    I do also have an outbound link to my podcast.

    What can I keep and what needs to go?


    Patricia Weber

    1. Maddie Ruud profile image72
      Maddie Ruudposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      I can't tell you for sure whether it's up to our standards without taking a look at it.  I can say that revising only 20% of the text probably won't cut it as far as avoiding a duplicate penalty, and that whether or not the link is the same as in the original article is a moot point.  We concern ourselves with the originality of the content.

  3. profile image0
    pat2004posted 15 years ago

    Got it and thank you again Maddie.

    One last question since it seems then, you want virtually 100% new content and that means I'll just have to write something unique.

    Last question for now and I do appreciate your help:

    Since I'll be writing new content here, what is the time frame it must remain exclusive to HubPages before I repurpose it elsewhere?

    Have a great weekend.


    1. Maddie Ruud profile image72
      Maddie Ruudposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      There is no set time frame involved.  You are the owner of the content, and may do with it what you wish, but if we start seeing duplicates on hubs with outbound links, these hubs may be flagged, whether it's 3 days after the hub was published, or 3 years.

      Original evergreen content consistantly performs better in search rankings, so it's not only for our benefit that you write unique content here.

      Hope this has answered some of your questions.

  4. Bard of Ely profile image80
    Bard of Elyposted 15 years ago

    A friend of mine suggested I post articles I have had published elsewhere but own the copyright on and that are not online anywhere and I have just done so with one I had in a magazine two years ago. I have a lot of articles that have been in newspapers and magazines that were not published online or archived so have thought of using some of the best. The ones that are on websites for the publications I have written for I would not use. I assume it is OK if they have not appeared on the Internet?

    1. Maddie Ruud profile image72
      Maddie Ruudposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      That's correct!

    2. Dorsi profile image89
      Dorsiposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      I was wondering that too- I have tons of columns I wrote that were printed in the local newspaper when I was a columnist, not all approriate for a hub of course but there are some that I would like to dig back up and put them on the web.

      1. Maddie Ruud profile image72
        Maddie Ruudposted 15 years agoin reply to this

        Just be sure in these cases that you, and not the publication, owns the content.

        1. Dorsi profile image89
          Dorsiposted 15 years agoin reply to this

          Good question- there was never discussion about it- I traded advertising in their paper for my writing- no money exchanged.

    3. quicksand profile image81
      quicksandposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      Greetings! I am new here and am still in a state of confusion over certain issues. I have a query and would appreciate a response from someone.
      Is it permitted ... and if it is, is it possible technically to paste a copy-scape icon on hub pages? Thanks!

  5. hot dorkage profile image76
    hot dorkageposted 15 years ago

    If you dig up, repurpose & update an old article that you absolutely own but that did appear somewhere on the internet 3 years ago  but is now pretty much buried,  and then remove it from the original database so that it no longer is available on the internet,  is it OK to then publish it as a hub?

    1. Maddie Ruud profile image72
      Maddie Ruudposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      As long as the content of the hub does not currently appear elsewhere on the internet, it's fine.

      1. profile image0
        JiHyun42posted 14 years agoin reply to this

        So does this mean even edited content can't be on Hub if it currently appears on another site?

        1. Marisa Wright profile image87
          Marisa Wrightposted 14 years agoin reply to this

          What do you mean by "edited content"?

          If you mean that you want to take an existing article and revise it - then it depends how much you revise it.  If you change it around a lot, then it will be OK.  But if you only change a few words here and there, that's not enough.

          You'll soon find out if you haven't revised it enough, because you will get a duplicate content flag on your Hub.

  6. profile image0
    daflaposted 15 years ago

    The way I understand how the Google search engine works, it won't index duplicate content anyway.  It will index the first instance, and ignore the other, putting it into a "sandbox", where it isn't indexed.  This is to keep spammers from posting articles on every site online just to get traffic to their commercial site. 

    Google will also put a "no follow" on any article with a duplicate link, so if you post duplicate articles with duplicate links, nobody but those on the site you're posting on will see them, and most sites will flag them.  Google just changed their algorithm to start doing this, because of all the  one page affiliate spam ads that were all pointing to the same site.  Some of their major clients were complaining that some of these affiliate ads were beating them in the rankings, so they did that to keep from losing them.

    If you'll notice now, on search results, the major sites are always on the first page.  This isn't always a good thing, and isn't always fair, but it's the way Google wants it, and they pretty much rule the search world right now.

    If you put too much duplicate content up, you'll get ALL your content sandboxed by Google.

    Plainly put, nobody likes spammers.

  7. broalexdotinfo profile image56
    broalexdotinfoposted 15 years ago

    So articles that are elsewhere on the web (that the user owns copyrights on) are allowed to be published on Hubpages, but they are highly penalized by the search engines, I recommend modifying them or rephrasing them.


  8. PLM profile image60
    PLMposted 15 years ago

    Duplicate content is always penalized by search engines.

    It will recognize it as duplicate and existing somewhere else.  This ultimately hurts your article marketing because like with any type of marketing you need traffic and an article that is seen as duplicate... while it may be your copy writing and allowed to be posted on any site... will simply be sandboxed by google's spiders and never indexed.

    In a nut shell, you don't want that, you want traffic for your marketing.  So what I typically do is take my copy writing and spin my articles.  I can re-hash an article in my own words typically fairly quickly.  It takes some practice but using a few spins on your original copy writing you can come up with an original copy written article all in itself.

    Sometimes I find using my keyword researching and writing with the purpose of SEO based on the keywords I'm using in my article marketing, will generate writing original SEO'd copy written content.

    Then I make sure I update and edit articles and my blogs for this purpose and ping them almost weekly.  Some IMers will recommend doing this every couple days...  As for myself I simply don't have the time to do much more then once a week at best.

    Good Luck!
    Priest McLane

  9. Nick Gerace profile image82
    Nick Geraceposted 15 years ago

    I had put my stuff on my Facebook.  Then I found out about Hub Pages and joined.  I put stuff from Facebook over here as well.

    I'm getting hubscore penalties and I think it it from the duplicate work on Facebook.

    What if I just remove it from facebook?

  10. Shaun Lindbergh profile image60
    Shaun Lindberghposted 15 years ago

    I joined four days ago.

    I posted new articles on HubPages and then copied some of them to my blog and a profile page. I then realise that copy and paste is legal but is NOT OK in term sof HubPages rules. So I have deleted all but the first two or three paragraphs of each blog an inserted a link back to the full article on HubPages a la "You can read the rest of the article on HubPages http: / /www.blah-blah-blah." 

    Could you please confirm that this IS OK in terms of rules and that no penalties will apply to these hubs. I would like HubPages to be my primary article publishing site and don't need to mess with your terms.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image87
      Marisa Wrightposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, this is absolutely fine and a good idea, because it takes the reader to a place where you can earn money from the article.  However, rather than being obvious about the link (i.e. you can read the rest of the article on HubPages etc), just say "read more about [subject] here" and make [subject] the link.  That way you get what's called an anchored link, where the link is related to the subject of the article.  Google likes those!

    2. pauldeeds profile imageSTAFF
      pauldeedsposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      There is actually no rules prohibiting what you did originally, however there are some limitations on linking that apply when the content is not original to HubPages.  It may also affect your HubScore.

      It's also perfectly fine to place part of the article on the other sites with a read more link going to HubPages.  Doing it that way should absolve you from any of the issues mentioned above.

      1. Maddie Ruud profile image72
        Maddie Ruudposted 15 years agoin reply to this

        Emphasis on "part" added. wink

        1. celei profile image60
          celeiposted 14 years agoin reply to this

          I also joined hubpages recently and this is very good information!

          So in a nutshell, the two ways to re-use a piece without penalties are:

          (In order of most productive)

          1: Include the first couple paragraphs as a preview of a piece, followed by a link to hubpages for readers to read more;

          2: Thoroughly revise content and change the title where a link to hubpages is not permitted.

          Do I have this right?

          Thank you!

  11. broalexdotinfo profile image56
    broalexdotinfoposted 15 years ago

    Still if it`s original content, if you don`t do your keyword research the article won`t get much traffic. SEO is a must in these days. smile


  12. Rebecca E. profile image79
    Rebecca E.posted 14 years ago

    Thanks so much that really helps me tons as well.

  13. Cara S profile image60
    Cara Sposted 14 years ago

    Ok, I am not familiar with the terminology in Hubworld but I am trying to catch on. I have a few articles somewhere else, but I own rights to them. I have submitted them and published them on HUB. They do have links in them that are linked to content in the article, mostly brand names, not over linked but some outside links. Is this considered breaking the 2 link rule?

    #2 Also, if we post articles elsehwere, can we link our profile or articles here to the other site we have articles on?
    #3 I seen at the bottom on the page of statistics it says submit for publishing? I have just clicked published. How does an article end up being submitted for publishing?
    #4. When do your Hubs get reviewed to be flagged or when do you find out if there is a problem? Is it immediatley or it may take some time?

    1. Marisa Wright profile image87
      Marisa Wrightposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      It doesn't matter whether you own the rights to the other articles or not - if you post them on HubPages, they'll be flagged as duplicate content, because they are duplicates.

      You can have as many outbound links as you like in the article, provided they're all going to different sites. The problem only arises if you're linking more than once to the SAME site.

      Some of the reviewing process is automated but I think some of it is only done periodically, so there can be a lag.

      Tip:  HubPages is not a straight text-writing site - you'll do better if you break your text up over multiple text capsules and add photos or highlighted text boxes to create visual interest.

      1. suncat profile image60
        suncatposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        What if you link your posts on hubpages to your other posts on hubpages?

        Does that make it in any way related to this :
        "You can have as many outbound links as you like in the article, provided they're all going to different sites. The problem only arises if you're linking more than once to the SAME site." ?

        1. Susana S profile image93
          Susana Sposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          Internal links  to other hubs aren't external links pointing to other websites, so you can add as many as you want.

          1. suncat profile image60
            suncatposted 13 years agoin reply to this


  14. DonnaCSmith profile image82
    DonnaCSmithposted 13 years ago

    I find Hubpages a good place to recycle old horse articles I've written for magazines and now defunct websites in the past. Now most of my hubs are new content. A few have shown up when print magazines have gone online, but for the most part they have not.

    I have re-written some articles with a different slant, updated the information, add a new interview, etc. just like I do for any publication I query.

    A few have been "lifted" from my Hubpages to forums and such. When that happens I ask they use the link instead of copy and paste and most have complied, others have ignored me.

  15. BakerRambles profile image72
    BakerRamblesposted 12 years ago

    I was wondering if i could use a series i've made on hubpages to publish a book with, I would of course be adding much more to it, but I have about 23 chapters on here i would like to use?

  16. Xenonlit profile image59
    Xenonlitposted 12 years ago

    I have been refurbishing old WordPress vehicles and putting them up here. Frankly, after an hour, the content is so changed that there can't be a comparison. Also, I delete the original, so I hope that works.

  17. Monkey-_ profile image61
    Monkey-_posted 12 years ago

    I think it's perfectly clear now that if you have articles elsewhere on the web, that they will not be published on Hubpages.

    However, I'm still not certain whether it is acceptable to publish a 100% original Hub and then republish that elsewhere.


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