Easy Check to Find Plagiarizing HUBs

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  1. Don Fairchild profile image77
    Don Fairchildposted 6 years ago

    Plagiarized HUBs have occurred in the past and will most likely occur in the future.  If you are angry enough to stop this illegal activity, you can put a stop to it now.

    Recently an illegal site was shut down while plagiarizing numerous HUBs.  A simple way to find out if your articles are being plagiarized is to set up an automatic Google search of a unique phrase that exists in one of your hubs. Goggle provides for automatic daily searches and sending the results to you via email.

    For instance, one of my hubs has this rather unique phrase in it, "Driving south east we should pick up US 76 just into northern Georgia".  If you were to put that phrase including the quote marks into the Google search engine, Google will then find your article in Hubpages.com.  Also if anybody has copied your article that copy will also show up as the offending site.

    Once discovered you may then report the site and expose them.

    1. pinkdaisy profile image60
      pinkdaisyposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      This is another great tool ---> www.copyscape.com

    2. capricornrising profile image61
      capricornrisingposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I think I found what Don is referring to:

      http://www.google.com/alerts

      Pretty darn cool.

      1. lobobrandon profile image88
        lobobrandonposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        That's great thanks so much capricorn lol

      2. melbel profile image95
        melbelposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Holy cr*p that's convenient!

        1. lobobrandon profile image88
          lobobrandonposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          Check this post I created - Is it actually possible?
          http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/89188

          1. melbel profile image95
            melbelposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            No, it's easily circumvented. I could do it myself in less than a minute.

            1. lobobrandon profile image88
              lobobrandonposted 6 years agoin reply to this

              Ya I realised from the other comments there smile And could you do it? I mean we can't edit HTML or anything so where do you add scripts

              1. melbel profile image95
                melbelposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                No, I mean I could circumvent click-disabling software myself in less than a minute.

        2. barryrutherford profile image77
          barryrutherfordposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          I use that for alerting me news on my favourite topics

          1. IzzyM profile image88
            IzzyMposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            Same here! If I used that for all my hubs my mail box would be always full!!

            I have a hub about all the shark attacks worldwide in 2011. But to keep it up to date I had to set up a Google Alert. Only trouble was, I kept getting posts too about US football because of some teams called sharks LOL

            1. Don Fairchild profile image77
              Don Fairchildposted 6 years agoin reply to this

              Hi Izzym

              You can eliminate unwanted articles in your google search by using the minus sign in your search.  For instance to find sharks with out the San Jose Sharks, you could enter this into the search without the quotes "sharks -jose".

              This will give you a list excluding anything with Jose in the article.

              1. IzzyM profile image88
                IzzyMposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                oh Thanks!

                I didn't know that - very useful smile

      3. Daniella Lopez profile image93
        Daniella Lopezposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Great advice, Don! I've known about this method for quite a while not, but this is great advice for people just starting off in the crazy writing world. big_smile

      4. Don Fairchild profile image77
        Don Fairchildposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Wow, such a response!!  Thanks all.
        I use Google alerts to do a variety of monitoring, including checking on my articles for copying.  I also watch real estate property values in my area using alerts in the news section of Google.

        Anyhow the easiest way to learn about Google Alerts is to do a Google search for "Google alerts" and there is a lot of information for you to read and learn about alerts.  The searches run automatically every day and will send you an email if anything is found.  "Great way to see if your kids got arrested the night before!  HA HA..."

        Best to you...

      5. Don Fairchild profile image77
        Don Fairchildposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        I have been doing some research about this copying problem since I mentioned the Google Alerts situation.   
        I am amazed at how really bad this situation is happening on HubPages.  I found multiple articles from some of our top writers all over the places and even translated into foreign languages.
        This might explain why Congress is trying to pass a bill that will stop all this plagiarism while putting some teeth into punishing these people.... 

        All this torment so that some terrorist groups or other low life people can make a couple of bucks off of our writing.   It just has to stop.

        1. IzzyM profile image88
          IzzyMposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          Most of the writers here are still seeing Google love, and so their hubs remain at the top with all the copiers underneath.

          When I was searching the other day for copied hubs on one site, it was really easy to find most of them as their hubs were on top in search, which is as it should be.

          Mine, on the other hand, were sometimes on the second or third page of Google while all the copiers enjoyed success at my expense.

          It is very disheartening to say the least.

        2. sunforged profile image73
          sunforgedposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          If your are referring to SOPA? then you are in the clouds

          http://blogs.cio.com/security/16705/sop … oesnt-care

          titles rarely actually illustrate the contents and purpose of american legislation, remember the USA PATRIOT act , lol (Uniting (and) Strengthening America (by) Providing Appropriate Tools Required (to) Intercept (and) Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001)

          If you are referring to some other bill where for some reason American Government gives a damn about non-entities getting their works copied by other non-entities then I apologize ... if your talking about the current news topic of SOPA ... please dont spread any support for this foolishness and it doesnt do what you think it does

          1. Don Fairchild profile image77
            Don Fairchildposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            Please excuse the typo about SOPA.  I don't endorse the current SOPA legislation at all, as a matter of fact the government is way too involved in our lives.

            What I was referring to was the need to put teeth into the punishment of copyright pirates.  There is no real punishment for this kind of activity.  The net effect is that the good writers will just give up and go about another business after a while.

      6. sweetzara profile image83
        sweetzaraposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks Don for the info. Thanks to your post I googled one of my tub titles and to my surprise I found that someone had copied my entire hub and published it under there name! I was eventually able to get them to delete it!

        1. Don Fairchild profile image77
          Don Fairchildposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          Good for you, I am glad that we have some ammunition to stop this copying activity.... 
          Don

        2. capricornrising profile image61
          capricornrisingposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          Well done, sweetzara!

    3. relache profile image84
      relacheposted 6 years ago

      This has been a known method for finding copied content for many years now.

    4. sunforged profile image73
      sunforgedposted 6 years ago

      But its always good to have reminders for all the new users that werent around for many years now :p

      Great Share, OP!

      Great Contribution to the thread relache :p

      1. fairchdr profile image59
        fairchdrposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks Pinkdaisy, relache, sunforged for your replies.
        I know that this is a rather basic solution that most people would know about.   Since I have worked many years in the computer industry, I have found that all computer users have a huge variation in their understanding of how computers (Google) work.  Have seen it all....
        I will check out the copyscape.com site as well. 
        By the way, I didn't mention this, but the google script I use runs by itself each day, so I don't have to rerun the search everyday.
        Enjoy all.
        Don

        1. lobobrandon profile image88
          lobobrandonposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          Could you explain the automated process? How do you get them auto? I use copyscape once a week as it's more than enough for now

          1. homesteadbound profile image86
            homesteadboundposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            lobobrandon - do you mean how is it automatic to set up a google alert?

            1. Don Fairchild profile image77
              Don Fairchildposted 6 years agoin reply to this

              Hi, doing a google alert can be set up in the google widget section. 
              Just get on google and search for "Google alerts" the help files there will show you how to set up an automatic internet search each day.

              This discussion has created a lot of interest, so I am going to publish a HUB to explain all this Alert stuff.

              Don

    5. leahlefler profile image97
      leahleflerposted 6 years ago

      Actually, I am grateful for this information - I didn't realize that an automated search could be set up on Google (I'm still in a steep learning curve). Thanks for the heads-up, Don!

    6. profile image0
      twodawgsposted 6 years ago

      I have known about Google Alerts for some time, but wasn't aware of this particular application of it.  I appreciate the tip.

    7. Rosie2010 profile image73
      Rosie2010posted 6 years ago

      Thanks, Don, for the reminder.  I have found my best hubs copied by these sites

      <links snipped by request of Rosie2010>

      using the basic solution you mentioned.  I am way past infuriated.. copied word for word with images.  Filing DMCA complaint every time our articles are copied is frustrating, but it seems it's the only way to go about it.

      I've been using Copyscape, it helps but it is not enough. You said...

      "By the way, I didn't mention this, but the google script I use runs by itself each day, so I don't have to rerun the search everyday."

      Would you please share with us how you do this?

      1. lobobrandon profile image88
        lobobrandonposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        That's exactly what I asked him smile
        I'm waiting for him to return big_smile Our new teacher lol

        1. Rosie2010 profile image73
          Rosie2010posted 6 years agoin reply to this

          yes, Brandon, that would be very helpful if the OP could share how to do this.  I'm very frustrated that all my best hubs are copied so many times.. no wonder my traffic dropped from 2000 to less than 200 views a day!  What da!!!!!!

        2. Rosie2010 profile image73
          Rosie2010posted 6 years agoin reply to this

          Yes, Brandon, that will surely help if he would share.  I'm very frustrated that my best hubs have been copied so many times.  No wonder my traffic went from 2000 to less than 200 views a day.  What da!!!! http://smileys.on-my-web.com/repository/Unhappy/cursing-045.gif

          1. lobobrandon profile image88
            lobobrandonposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            That's crazy!! Traffic dying due to some losers!

            1. Rosie2010 profile image73
              Rosie2010posted 6 years agoin reply to this

              ALL my best hubs have been copied numerous times, Brandon.  I am busy submitting DMCA complaints but I'm pretty sure these losers will just open a new blogspot account.  (sigh)  They are copied almost word for word including images.

              1. prairieprincess profile image94
                prairieprincessposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                I just checked there and the front page was hub was copied directly from Hubpages. I am now checking for more. My traffic has dropped to almost nil, now, from 1000/day. This is really getting tiring.

              2. lobobrandon profile image88
                lobobrandonposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                I was asleep.. Rosie, I guess we should form a thread for DCMA complaints and we should all flood those people that way the sites will go down faster. They'll eventually get fed up of copying, but there are always new people out there.

                1. Rosie2010 profile image73
                  Rosie2010posted 6 years agoin reply to this

                  Thanks, Brandon, Just Ask Susan just posted a thread about this site.

                  1. IzzyM profile image88
                    IzzyMposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                    I found some copied stuff of your on another site Rosie - I posted about it on another plagiarising thread.

                    http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/88998#post1902105

                    1. Rosie2010 profile image73
                      Rosie2010posted 6 years agoin reply to this

                      Thanks Izzy, ALL my best hubs had been copied word for word by several sites.  I'm so frustrated right now.

      2. Stacie L profile image88
        Stacie Lposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Rosie;
        you would think that Google would restrict or stop copied work on their own Blogger sites...roll

        1. Rosie2010 profile image73
          Rosie2010posted 6 years agoin reply to this

          Yes, Stacie, I just found two more blogspot accounts that copied my hubs.. copied including images.  It is very frustrating to say the least. mad

    8. prairieprincess profile image94
      prairieprincessposted 6 years ago

      The whole site seems to be Hubpages articles! I am notifying those that I recognize, in case they haven't seen this one. Scum.

    9. fanfreluche profile image80
      fanfrelucheposted 6 years ago

      There used to be an easy (and very visible way) to flag a blog hosted on blogger? I cannot find that button anymore?

    10. fanfreluche profile image80
      fanfrelucheposted 6 years ago

      And their other website is hosted by http://www.ixwebhosting.com/
      If you want to send DMCA notices.

    11. Pamela N Red profile image86
      Pamela N Redposted 6 years ago

      Y'all might want to check this website. It appears to be mostly copied articles from people and many of them are here on HubPages.

      http://most-popular-articles.blogspot.com/

      1. Rosie2010 profile image73
        Rosie2010posted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Yes, Pamela, I found ALL my best hubs copies by that site, and I noticed some from other hubbers too.  I've been busy filing for DMCA complaints since yesterday.

      2. Stacie L profile image88
        Stacie Lposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        did this website owner think by titling this site an  "article directory' that they could copy anything they wanted?

    12. Don Fairchild profile image77
      Don Fairchildposted 6 years ago

      I have been looking into this "article directory" situation.  In one case an article was shown about "Increasing Hub Scores", so I thought that this seemed to be an obvious copy situation.
      I did go into the HTML/Java code to look at some of the hidden code parameters in the article.   Now this example gave credit to the original Hub author, but in fact there were links in the code indicating that it came from a Hub page originally.
      Some thoughts bother me though, as this might be a legitimate republishing of an article by the original author, (with permission?) or it might just be stolen.
      Anyhow, more investigation is on my plate, perhaps a Hub article explaining this might be a good thing for all of us. 

      Don

      1. Rosie2010 profile image73
        Rosie2010posted 6 years agoin reply to this

        I just checked one of my hubs copied by that site, Don, and here's what it says..

        "Friday, 18 November 2011 by: Admin"

        I am NOT "Admin"

        1. Don Fairchild profile image77
          Don Fairchildposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          I hear you Rosie, it looks like (he/she) has different methods for copying articles. Sometimes they give author credit but most times it is just plain stolen.
          Anyhow, I am glad to introduce a good tool to catch these robbers.  Good luck with the sleuthing on the internet.
          Don

          1. Rosie2010 profile image73
            Rosie2010posted 6 years agoin reply to this

            Thank you so much, Don.  Although I've been here on Hubpages for over a year now, I'm still very naive and sometimes overwhelmed by the internet.

    13. charliegrumples profile image42
      charliegrumplesposted 6 years ago

      mm time to find a unique phrase to stick in my articles from now :-)

      1. capricornrising profile image61
        capricornrisingposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Exactly what I was thinking. Don't want to be swamped with alerts!

        1. Rosie2010 profile image73
          Rosie2010posted 6 years agoin reply to this

          Yes, I think I will do that as well.  Great idea!

    14. Man from Modesto profile image80
      Man from Modestoposted 6 years ago

      If a hub gets copied to another site, even by the owner, won't it show on hubpages as a duplicate?

      1. capricornrising profile image61
        capricornrisingposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Yup.

    15. Ms57Classic profile image60
      Ms57Classicposted 6 years ago

      I have always been a bit worried about sharing my work via the internet.  I never though of using google to find someone who could be passing off my work as their own. Thanks for the information.

      1. Don Fairchild profile image77
        Don Fairchildposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Ms57Classic
        Enjoy the technique, this is a good way to stay ahead of the crooks.

    16. moiragallaga profile image81
      moiragallagaposted 6 years ago

      Excellent forum with very useful advice from everyone. Thanks everyone for sharing your valuable insights. I'm not too familiar with the technical side of things on computers and the internet so all these information and tips being shared here are very helpful to me.

      1. Don Fairchild profile image77
        Don Fairchildposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks for your kind thoughts.
        I have published a Hub article on this subject at this link,
        http://hubpages.com/t/2c4e8a

        And it explains how to run the search automatically each day. 

        Enjoy.
        Don

     
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