I am pretty new to Hubpages and writing on the internet in general. So I only have a few Hubs. My problem is that I just had one of my hubs unpublished for Duplicate content. From what I gather the hub was published for all of two days and then taken down. I had people comment and vote on my hub as well. My hub is about my family’s experience with the Muppets.
Now I can understand that there are millions of websites and even more people writing new ones. So it is possible for someone to have already written that same sentence as me. But my problem comes with trying to correct it. I removed certain sections of my hub a piece at a time hoping to find the part that is considered to be a duplicate and the error was still there after I removed ALL of my hubs content. Is there a way to find out what part of your hub is considered Duplicate content?
Did you post the same article elsewhere?
Immediately write the Hubpages (HP) staff. If it is a mistake they will fix it, or they will tell you why. Here is what you can do in the meantime.
(1) Copy the first sentence or two and do a Google search. Someone may have lifted your article. Do this with a few sentences. If its been lifted, you will find an exact match.
(2) You may have duplicate capsules across your own articles. For instance, if you have three articles, some of them link together, and you have a "follow me on twitter" capsule that you just copied onto all of your hubs, you will start getting flagged for duplicate content.
(3) If you are writing about quotes, or lyrics, or something where you need to cite something verbatim, this could also raise a flag. Contact HP and get an exception for using quotes.
Your article will not get flagged for duplicate content by the happenstance chance that someone on the Internet somewhere wrote the same sentence as you. It needs to be "substantially similar."
I hope this helps.
Anyone with concerns about duplicate content and who wants to check if they have been copied and how much is on the other site might find Copyscape a useful site. Not sure how others feel about it but I like it as it is simple to use you just put the URL in to the search box. There is a limit to the number of scans you can run per month for free but that is enough for me.
A Hubber also had a site for checking copied work but I cannot recall the name of it just now.
Sorry that was no use to you in this case. I think contacting the HubPages team might be the quickest way to find out what is happening, hope that will with sort this out quickly for you.
Just checking - you are fully aware of what duplicate is, right?
Even if you quoted a song from the muppets, or published the same piece on your blog, it's considered duplicate.
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