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Duplicate Content Flag on My Original Work

  1. Brooke Lorren profile image60
    Brooke Lorrenposted 6 years ago

    I looked at my account today and noticed that I had a duplicate account flag on my original work.  I have not published it elsewhere.

    I ran it through Copyscape, and the only things that came up were two Amazon.com pages.  My hub includes an Amazon module with a link to this book.  Could this be causing the duplicate content issue?

    I would love to be able to find out what web page is causing this duplicate issue, but I'm not sure how to go about it.  If someone else stole my work, I'd like them to take it down, of course.  If I triggered a duplicate content tag because I happened to use a few similar phrases on another article of mine a year or two ago, I'd love to know that too, so I could change the phrasing.  I think it would have shown up on Copyscape if that was the case though.

    I did write the editors, but I'm kind of nervous because I didn't do anything and I don't want my page to be unpublished.  Thanks!

    1. Will Apse profile image92
      Will Apseposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      One of the drawbacks of Hubpages is that you cannot edit Amazon capsules. Use enough of them or use capsules with a lot of text and you are putting plenty of duplicate content on a page.

      Having said that, I doubt if 2 capsules would trigger the warning. I would take five or six short sections of text from the page and drop them into Google search. Maybe Copyscape missed something.

    2. Suranee1969 profile image79
      Suranee1969posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Hello Brooke Loren,

      I just found the word 'duplicate' marked next to one of my hubs too. Pretty shocked about it. I did write to hubpages and requested them to send me the link to the article they accused me of duplicating. Not sure if they will though. Guess I'll run it through Copyscape and see. Hope your hub's duplicate issue is solved and it's good news for you.

    3. sofs profile image80
      sofsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I took a quick look at your profile... ( a cursory glance) I have a strange feeling that the duplicate flag may be related to quoting scriptures.. if you quote many scriptures it does show up as duplicate... Just my opinion though... I have actually not read your hubs...
      This has come up earlier with a few other hubbers... so it may help to review it from that angle.

    4. dumindu89 profile image70
      dumindu89posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Me too faced such a problem. I checked via copyscape premium but no document matched with it. Finally, I decided to delete it.

    5. Brooke Lorren profile image60
      Brooke Lorrenposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for the input.  Hubpages looked at it (faster than I expected) and figured out that it wasn't duplicate content and removed the flag.

      Maybe the Amazon module triggered a Copyscape type flag, which caused the computer to automatically flag it (a book that I link to in it has a long title).  Don't know.  It was a Survivor recap hub, so it wasn't scripture.  I guess it's just one of those odd things.  Not very fun to see though.

      1. Suranee1969 profile image79
        Suranee1969posted 6 years agoin reply to this

        That's great Brooke Lorren. I received a reply to my email from Team Hub in regard to my hub. They informed me it was a bug which triggered off the duplicate warning which is definitely good news because my hub is no longer considered a duplicate smile.

      2. sofs profile image80
        sofsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Just after I wrote this I found a duplicate flag on my content.. and checked it with all the software available ...then sent a mail to the HP team... prompt came the apology and the removal of the flag...I guess they have some new filters in place ...there are a number of complaints now... 
        Hubpages...thank you

  2. whoisbid profile image75
    whoisbidposted 6 years ago

    I wrote about this on a Hub called <snipped - no promotional links in the forums>
    People should understand that computers cannot really detect duplicate content very well. This is why millions of people are upset with the Google Panda update which still promotes scraper sites. On my Hub there is a link to a program where you get another third party evaluation on how the page will be viewed by a computer. One of the shocking revelations about uploading to the web is that your content can be stolen before Google sees it. If you are using twitter, be careful. I have had tons of stuff copied which appeared in Google search but for other websites, even before Google cached my pages. If you have a high page rank website e.g. 8 or 9 .. then you are protected very well because the spiders will visit you all throughout the day. I believe that Tumblr is now a Page Rank 8 website and it might be a good idea to link to your blog page from Tumblr before you even upload it. If you are a low page rank, you will get spidered less frequently but you might be lucky and get spidered immediately if there is a link from a very high page rank website. Spidering costs money because it takes up computer power and electricity etc. Google have to chose whom they will spider more often. If you know this, then you will always put your best and greatest efforts on your most spidered websites/blogs. If you can get it on something like CNN or Bloomberg, even better!

    1. rebekahELLE profile image88
      rebekahELLEposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I didn't know this, thanks for the info and link.

  3. rebekahELLE profile image88
    rebekahELLEposted 6 years ago

    Like Will posted, I doubt if it was the 2 Amazon pages.

    If the hub contained content similar to other pages, that could have given the flag warning. 

    From the learning center about duplicate content:

        Substantial similarity to another work. This includes close paraphrasing, among other forms of misappropriation or copying of content (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Substantial_similarity for more information)

    Please note that the issue of duplicate content is completely separate from issues of plagiarism or copyright. All that it means is that we found text very similar to what is contained in this Hub elsewhere on the Web.

  4. maxravi profile image56
    maxraviposted 6 years ago

    This happened with me also once.I got this warning of duplicate content.I then write one more paragraph and it works well.sometime it confuses me..