If copying someone's content and reusing it was a sport, this would be the extreme version of it:
http://www.google.com/search?hl=&q= … p;ie=UTF-8
The first search result is my article, then there are a few hubs that link out to me, so those aren't copiers, but look at all the pages of some guy using MY content to promote his site.
HubPages says that when someone copies your content it doesn't really hurt you unless it's done so much that it's about as worthwhile as a PLR article.
Now, some of the sites have taken down the content without any action from me (mainly articlesbase), but there are TONS and TONS which are blogs. If they were Blogger blogs it would be easy to fix, but they are Wordpress (private hosting) which will take a while -- and there are tons of them.
Is there any course of action that I can take to prevent this article from being posted to help with this guy's SEO efforts? I contacted the webmaster of the site that my article appears to be linking to in each copy asking that he stop posting it and please remove what he has up. Sadly, though, he doesn't post the article on his own site -- he just uses it to promote his site. :\
Also, what can I do, there are so many places my article is at -- a lot of them look kind of like forgotten about blogs. Is there a quick way I can contact all these people?
Looks like you can't do anything other than contacting these substandard article directories to take your article down.
If I were in a similar situation, I wouldn't have wasted time over this issue.
Look and see if they are using adsense to monetize.
File a DMCA complaint with google and their account will be cancelled. Permanently.
They will be unable to earn from stealing so there will be no motivation to steal your work or anyone else's. Even if they are not monetizing the sites that steal your content but use adsense on the site that is being promoted this may be enough for google.
Well run content sharing sites quickly pull any content that is stolen but as you said paid hosting is more tricky and the best you can do is remove their ability to profit from your work.
Both articlesbase and ezinemark where your stuff has been copied are very good at removing duplicate content. Just use the 'contact us' button on both sites and report the theft. Mention the date your article was published and provide a link to the copier.
Karma will get them, those desperate fools.
In the meantime, good luck whatever your course of action -- I haven't had this happen yet but I'm sure it is infuriating. I think my biggest concern would be the following: will HubPages now see it as 'duplicate content' on the Web and lower your hub score?
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