Today I got a warning violation on one of my hubs and I have no idea what it means or how to fix it. This hub has been copied and plagerized for months by people on RedGage and Digital Writer and FreeAdWebsites and other places. I've reported most of these and tried to get them to stop posting my work without my permission. Now this message from HubPages:
"HubPages prohibits the use of automated click and impression generating tools and does not allow traffic from sources that generate clicks or impressions such as paid-to-click, paid-to-surf, autosurf, interstitial display, and click-exchange programs. Your Hub may be unpublished as a result. If it is unpublished, it can not be republished until all such traffic has been discontinued for at least one week."
What do I need to do now? I don't want them to unpublish my hub just because people are using it without my permission. Any ideas on how to fix this?
Can anyone help me?
Go to the Hub, click on the stats button at the top, and then select the "week" tab. That will show you the sites that are referring you the most traffic over the last 7 days. Most likely the traffic exchange will be in that list, and it shouldn't be too hard to identify. If you have further questions, contact us.
Thank you Paul. I followed your directions and found the site with the most traffic. It is not one to which I knowingly subscribed. I don't usually go out to sites like that. How do I fix the problem so my Hub won't be unpublished?
Your help is very kindly appreciated. I was working with Jason via email and he identified this unknown traffic source for me. Now what do I do to get them to stop doing whatever? I'm not sure I understand how this happened or what they're doing.
Thank you so much.
Have you considered contacting admin and asking if they can provide you with more information? After all, they have access to statistics about your Hubs here that you don't...
Thank you. I was just trying to figure out how to do this. First time.
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Have you been posting links to your work on social bookmarking sites and directories? Traffic exchanges are a trap for newbies, because they look very similar to a social site, so I've known several new Hubbers sign up for them without understanding the danger.
If you signed up for any site where members are encouraged to visit each other's sites, that's a traffic exchange, and it's not allowed.
As for removing your work from places like RedGage, are you filing a proper DCMA?
I do post on Facebook using the share link but usually don't visit those type of traffic sites other than Twitter and Blogger. I have a lot of traffic on the hub that received the warning. A lot of spam comes in with links attached. I routinely deny these comments and delete them forever.
Anyway, if you could help me fix this issue I would be so grateful. Thank you.
PS I received a response from RedGage and the guy who was using my hub without permission added a direct link to my site here so they couldn't prevent that or something like that. I haven't filed a DCMA but I guess it's time I did.
I had a similar problem the other day with one of my blogs being linked to traffic exchange site.
I wrote to them, there will be a 'contact us' button or email address for them on the site.
Tell them your url, and the exact address of where the traffic is generated from - those sites usually have multiple pages.
Tell them you want your link off, that you didn't put it there, and that as an Adsense user your account is at risk because of Google's TOS.
I wrote and got a reply within a few hours, and my problem was resolved.
That means I have to go to that traffic site, right? The one that is showing in my stats as high for that week. I can do that but I didn't want to create any unintentional link to them just by visiting. Guess that's nuts. Anyhow.
I don't understand the part about telling them the exact address of the links. Sorry I'm not very technical. Just don't get it yet. Could you explain further?
Go to the site. it won't harm your computer. Find out how to contact them. there should be a 'contact us' button on the front page.
You can see the address in your stats where those visitors are coming from?
Click on it, and that should take you to the page where your link is.
If it doesn't, it may take you to the site's main page, however, what you want to do is simply copy the link address and add it to the email or contact form you use to contact the site.
Imagine the site's name is trafficexchangeRus.com and it is possible the visitors you are getting come from trafficexchangeRus.com/12345
You want to be able to tell the site's admin that your traffic is coming from trafficexchangeRus.com/12345 so that they can immediately find your link and remove it.
However, if you don't understand that bit, don't worry, just make sure you give them your hub's address so they can find it and take it off.
Take its URL from the bar along the top where is says hubpages.com/forum etc just now, after you have opened the hub in question, and send it to them, alongside the other info I said earlier. Mark it urgent, as your Adsense account is at risk just now.
Thank you so much. I'll do this.
You are very nice to explain it so that I could actually understand the instructions. I'll work on this now.
It may be beneficial to edit the hub and make it non commercial until you get this straightened out.
Ah yes that's a very good point.
First thing I did when I got hit was remove Adsense - that was a blog, not a hub so I could do that.
But under edit, you can change the hub to non-commercial and put it back the way it was once this is sorted.
If you have received any Adsense clicks on this hub, you should probably report that to Google too, and ask them to keep the money.
It is the because of the possibility of getting fraudulent clicks that Google ban traffic exchanges. If its just traffic, they wouldn't worry so much.
Thank you again Izzy. I just went in and changed the settings to non commercial. Hope this helps. Guess the staff is off on the weekends as I haven't heard anything more after contacting them.
The site in question sent me a return mail from my inquiry last night and they say,
"I have searched for your site under the url you gave me, and it is not currently present at (site name)". I'll keep checking back.
If you are still receiving traffic from them, the link is still there, but if the traffic has now stopped, it isn't.
I also got the message that the link was not there, but the traffic stopped at the same time.
If the traffic has stopped, set your hub to commercial again.
Traffic has stopped. I have been watching it like a hawk for two days and every day the count decreased. Today the warning was removed from my hub and I'm so relieved.
Thank you again so much for your kind words of help and encouragement.
Thanks Sir Dent. Did this today and will change it back when things settle down. Nice of you to offer this help.
Peg, if someone posts an excerpt (not the whole article) on another site, and includes a direct link to your Hub, it's a good thing. It's called a backlink and it won't harm you at all - in fact it will improve your ranking on Google and lead people to your Hub.
As for the DCMA - my advice is, if you're going to contact people who have stolen your work, use formal DCMA wording in the very first email. That shows you're serious.
Hi Marissa, Before I complained to the admin of the site it was the whole article copied without any reference at all to me. Perhaps it was a mistake. Once I heard back from them, the article had been changed to show a link my article on HubPages. No concern now.
Just wanted to take a moment to thank you so much for all the words of advice and help you gave me.
Whoo Hoo! I just saw that the warning notice has been removed from my article. I am so relieved. Thank you, thank you HubPages.
Thank you to each of you that offered me help and advice. Much appreciated.
I'm very grateful to Jason Menayan who responded to my inquiry late on Friday afternoon. THANK you soo much, Jason.
As google doesn't allow Frames on websites that display adsense, all the clicks and views are likely to be discarded. On safer side, ask this question on adsense forums so that you can get some concrete answer for how to avoid ads from showing via such sites.
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