Hi, I'm new on Hubpages, and I'm really inspired! I've begun working a few Hubs on various subjects, and I'm trying to think of more.
I have a few questions about Hubpages and how it works, and I'm not seeing them in the FAQs or on Google. Would you be able to help me out, please?
- How can I protect my Hubs/articles from being stolen or used by someone else? Can they be copyrighted?
- Do I need to have links in my Hubs? What are they for, exactly?
- The articles that I'm working on are mainly how-tos, such as "how to have a Garage Sale" and so on. Would Google Ads still be placed on these, the ones that are not really trying to sell a product? Should I still write these types of articles?
- If I made a video to go along with the Hub, could it be directly uploaded to Hubpages, or does it have to go through a site like YouTube?
-Can I write about my personal experience as a hub? For example, I want to review a product or item, and describe my use of it through a few months. Would that be okay?
Thank you so much!
You cannot protect your hubs from being stolen. At best you can get copied material removed by filing a complaint.
You do not need links. They are placed there to improve the experience for the reader; to offer them more than your single hub. Most hubbers will include pertinent links to at least their other hubs on similar topics.
Most of my hubs are "how to" articles. Ads will be placed on them.
I believe a video must be from something like YouTube, but others can probably answer that question better.
Personal experience is fine for a product review - I have several. Personal experiences that are of interest only to your group of family/friends, however, will be unpublished as too personal. Such things as a blog listing what you had for breakfast, how long the subway ride took this morning, that your dog went on the floor while you were gone; these are too personal. If the topic is not something that might reasonably be published in a magazine it is questionable.
And welcome to HubPages - you will find a great group of people here.
you can copy write your material before you post them. you could print out your article and mail it to yourself as proof. just don't open the envelop.
links are used for anything you wish.
youtube videos can be used
No you cannot post them to yourself...this is a myth and does not stand up in court.
Any articles you place on the web are automatically copyrighted. You will also notice at the bottom of every page on the site has a copyright notice. Of course you can't stop people from stealing your content, but you can go after them with a DMCA.
Yes, you can mail copies to yourself but, it must be certified mail. As long as you don't open the envelope you have proof that it belonged to you on that particular day.
Uninvited is right about automatic copyright, it's done as soon as you write it.
Poor man's copyright never stood up in court, ever. So I would not waste the money on the stamp. It is too easily faked just by mailing yourself a blank unsealed envelop and putting something in it later.
Someone can possibly 'spin' your article, meaning they could manually or automatically change some words around to make the article seem original to programs which scan to see if an article has already been published elsewhere.
For Videos you can sign up for a YouTube account, then you upload your video onto YouTube. Then when you want to insert your video into a HubPage you can do so through a video capsule.
Thank you all for your helpful answers! I have one more question:
Have any of you experienced having a Hub stolen? As in someone posting it onto another website? Can it be easily reclaimed?
Is it easy to file a DMCA?
I just want to be prepared in case I encounter anything like that (I hope not!).
Hi, I think you can upload your own video or use youtube link. I use youtube as I find it easier. I had no problem with adsense advert on any of my hubs apart from 1 which only has pictures. I don't know the reason why hubpages suspended the adverts on that particular hub.
As for the copyright issue, if anybody copies your content and adds it to their hubs then hubpages will identify this and stop their hub from publishing, other places on the internet I am not sure of. But google can identify where the content has been copied from and won't give them much credit on the search engine result.
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