I have today noticed a very disturbing automated content attack on most of my hubs. I suspect many other hubbers may also suffer from this.
It is basically working like this. For example, my original hub is here:
The spammer opened an account by the same name (automated): HTC Evo 4G Cases
and voila! My exactly same post word by word copied in another hub.
What did they do is just adding -here keyword at the end of link.
I am almost certain that it is automated because many other my hubs have the same situation with -here keyword. Especially, on Amazon product reviews ones.
I will update the thread if I find other hubbers on the same situation.
My suggestion is to bring a strong Captcha solution to prevent automated hub openings. It would reduce such attacks.
You need to contact hubpages with this as soon as possible. They have specialist software that can deal with it and trace the violation. The perpertrator will not get away with it!
I now see that all of my hubs were re-created under different user names. I suspect that the spammer has got the RSS feeds, scraped the content without links and re-posted under different user names, automatically. This is very serious.
This threat has been neutralized. Thanks for letting us know.
Like I said... Contact the HP team and they'll get it straightened out.
No need to create chaos over nothing. This isn't the first time it's happened, and it won't be the last.
There wasn't any need for rudeness. Next time just contact the team and flag on your own...
I didn't really see any rudeness? It's just that the problem was perhaps a lot wider than you seem to have first anticipated, a bit unrealistic for people to flag hundreds of hubs?
Anyway glad that it is all sorted. Cheers Paul.
Sorry, I didn't want any rudeness and I think I didn't write anything personal except pure information.
I have seen the potential global harm and wanted to inform people. Plus, I didn't know about the email of HP. (Now, I know
As you can notice, I am not also a very active member but appreciate HP, it helps me making money and wanted to help.
your thread wasn't rude. you reported in the correct thread and alerted the HP staff. I will watch for those one hub title screen name profiles more often when hub hopping. thanks.
You were NOT rude in any way that I can see - also it is perfectly right to bring this up in the forums so that other hubbers are alerted to this kind of thing. Maybe someone else was just having a bad day, but you have done all the RIGHT things - thanks for bringing it to our attention
I didn't mean you by any means. It was the sarcastic comment that I felt coming my direction with "does this look familiar"
Anyway, I understand that concern, but it's so much easier to just report to hubpages rather than post here. I don't expect every hubber that has copied a hub to be flagged, as that can consist of very many, but flag a few that you see, and they'll get the picture. Also, send an email to them about the concern. They'll take appropriate actions. This isn't the first, and won't be the last time this happens.
where is the rudeness? Just seemed to me that they were very "concerned"
Wow. Oh my goodness, I don't even want to look.
You've alerted HubPages staff directly?
I have alerted on some of the individual posts as a flag on both username and posts. But, I see that almost all my posts were copied in multiple accounts. So, it would be hard to find and flag all of them.
Flag an individual hub or two (and include some brief additional details in the message portion). That will alert us fairly quickly, and we can use the tools at our disposal to take care of other instances. But, as others have mentioned it's also a good idea to email us. An email *may* result in swifter action.
Thanks for alerting us about the situation. Gotta check our Hubs now to see if there are any duplicates and will need to hope the Team gets around to dealing with his IP and not just going after the spam accounts.
I will be flagging such accounts and posts related to my hubs. No other way for me now I have searched some hubs from top hubbers. Interestingly, they don't have such issue.
I suspect that the spammers don't want to be very apparent on this eventhough they could fill up hubpages easily with duplicates of any content. As a programmer myself, I can even write such an application using Yahoo Pipes for example Scraping content, creating accounts and posting automatically.
I still support that a very strong Captcha application is needed before publishing a new hub.
I just don't remember... Is there an email token approval system for new accounts?
The guy doesn't have any hubtivity besides the one hub he has published.
Just let hubpages know it's your hub. No reason to bring it here. Email them directly for problems like this.
the only thing is he could be doing this to many other hubbers, just opening different accounts.
I am looking for other hubs in the same situation but couldn't find yet.
So, I look like a victim
I think it is possible to apply this method to all.
Ok I am not the only hubber. Look another popular hubber's post. Same method
The original from "iantoPF"
The original from "glassvisage"
http://hubpages.com/hub/How_to_ask_a_gi … her_number
http://hubpages.com/hub/How-to-ask-a-gi … umber-here
This is a systematic spam apparently. Just hiding itself maybe by evaluating the frequency of the posts of the hubber.
doesn't the Copied Hubs link in the Your Hubs section under 'my account' let you know you have copied hubs? i'm confused...
Not everyone has this ability. I don't think it ever went site-wide.
Flag the hubber profiles and contact HP. There's no reason to keep bringing it up here.
really? i didn't know that. wow, everyone should have that. then you're right, they should be flagged, definitely.
I agree, it should be universal, but there are bugs with the section if you ask me. The bugs should be worked out before it be site-wide. Once the stolen material is removed, it remains on the page; you can delete the link, but the section title where it was never goes away and the warning on the hub remains.
Oh, and as for mine that was stolen. There's not warning in the HubPages system about it.
Does this hub look familiar, Whitney?
http://hubpages.com/hub/Caring-for-and- … toise-here
Yep. Flagged profile and hub. Why can't it be that simple for everyone? There was no need for rudeness. Relax. It happens all the time. It's not a public matter. That's where the email for hubpages team comes in handy. They have to do the moderation anyway, so no need to flip out on other hubbers.
Except it isn't just one hub Whitney, its ALL of his hubs.
This is even more scary !! I just inform about the possibilities.
http://hubpages.com/hub/LG-Vu-Plus-Case … ories-here
Copy of the copy
http://hubpages.com/hub/LG-Vu-Plus-Case … -here-here
OMG this is very serious. How do you find copied hubs apart from individually submitting the title into hub search?
By the help of Google. The following query finds all indexed pages with "here" keyword in URL text. You can see the copied ones after search pages starting from page 6, 7. Most of them are from my hubs for now.
allinurl: here site:hubpages.com
The problem is that these keywords can be changed. I have accidentally noticed the situation for my hubs. Plus, innocent hubs are also included in the Google search, so it is hard to determine the exact copies by hand.
Two things should be implemented immediately.
1) Strong Captcha on publishing hubs.
2) New Registration approval only by email (I am not sure if it already exists or not)
I've often wondered about these one hub, title-named grey hubbers. how sneaky. but shouldn't the duplicate flag appear in the copied hubbers account?
I think duplicate content flag appears only on spammer's account since the original one is already indexed by search engines. But, spammers surely just don't care about it.
If I will have time, I can make a search on how it affects the search engine rankings for main competitive keywords in these hubs.
this is what HP says about duplicate content.
Duplicate content is allowed by HP (with score penalty) unless someone flags it. I have 2, 3 hubs in this situation and getting traffic
Guess Hubpages are working on it. I was searching with the search query you suggested when this error message suddenly came up!
... but your computer or network may be sending automated queries. To protect our users, we can't process your request right now.
See Google Help for more information.
This error actually comes from Google, not Hubpages They think that our query is automated because of clicks on individual search results on many pages. Anyway, it is not related to HP )
Izzy did you recently install a SEO Toolbar like SEO for firefox or SEO quake?
If so - go to tools - select teh preferences of your seo toolbar and change the options to "by request"
If you have I can explain better.
I'm using google chrome just now - its so much faster than Firefox, but then that is probably because I've got a cache full of crap. Only reason I haven't emptied it yet is because of all the passwords stored on it - but I've got a program that saved my passwords so it isn't really an issue.
Gotcha. I didn't care to notice that in the link. I just clicked to see, 'yep those are the same.'
Looks like someone wrote bot to bypass captcha of HP registration then made copies of hubs.
Thank you for bringing this to the notice of everyone.
Thank you for bringing this to our attention Muratos. I'm on vacation and was scanning through the forum when i chanced to read your post. I personally want to thank you, I had no idea my Hub was being plagiarized. You have a new fan.
Thank you Paul. It's good to know that we have your support when things like this happen.
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