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Article Stealing Site

  1. Max Dalton profile image80
    Max Daltonposted 5 years ago

    Is there anything I can do about the site www.freearticle.co? Someone on that site took the title and Intro to one of my better hubs, and now it outranks me in Google, and I'm pretty sure is one of the reasons that hub has seemingly been knocked off the Google search results. It looks like there are lots of other HubPages content on there as well. I randomly clicked a link called "Best chicken recipes with green and red curry masala" and it had a link to the hub by Sofs. I submitted a request through the Google Webmaster Tools Copyright Removal tool, but was denied that one; a few others for other copying sites were accepted. I suspect this one was denied because my intro they stole was only a few sentences, but it was verbatim, and they had a dummy name in as the author. I explained this in my Copyright Removal appeal, but to no avail. Has anyone else had a problem with this site? How do I deal with sites like this one?

    Any advice would be appreciated. I'll send a message to Sofs about the article I found.

    Best,

    Max.

    1. sofs profile image84
      sofsposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Thank you Max, this site claims to have  40480 published articles and 257 registered authors in their article directory. All articles are copied from Hubpages but the links come back to your hubs... I saw Denise Handlon's hub there... and I guess Cardisa's too ...
      Four other hubs of mine are copied on a business school site on word format and haven't removed them despite me sending them a stern mail... does a DCMA work in these cases.
      Would love to have your input... on this
      Every single article there is from Hubpages... as far as I have checked..

    2. Marisa Wright profile image92
      Marisa Wrightposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      For future reference, please don't link to spammy sites like that.  You're giving them a free backlink on a reputable site, which is a valuable thing - and you don't want to do them any favours!  Add a space or two in the URL so it doesn't come up as a live hyperlink instead, like I did in the quote above.

      1. lobobrandon profile image83
        lobobrandonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Posts can always be edited by the people who post them to correct that mistake. So, Max if possible edit the main post smile

  2. mausmi profile image69
    mausmiposted 5 years ago

    In cases like these, it is often difficult to contact the site directly.  Since this site is prominently displaying Google Ads, I would suggest filing the DMCA directly with Google Adsense, using this form:

    https://support.google.com/adsense/bin/ … t&rd=1

  3. lobobrandon profile image83
    lobobrandonposted 5 years ago

    Free article has a link and description of one of my best hubs as well. But, I don't mind as its just the title and I've got about 50 views (Ya 50) from there. I guess you could report them using the link mausmi posted. I can't as nothing is actually copied - just the title.

    1. Max Dalton profile image80
      Max Daltonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I wouldn't care if they didn't show up on page 1 of a Google search for my title and I didn't show up at all, but that's the case, and it seems a bit ridiculous. I'll take mausmi's advice and see if submitting that form helps.

      1. lobobrandon profile image83
        lobobrandonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Ya good luck you have the reason to do so. I can't do it myself as they actually didn't copy anything else I'd have done it a long time ago.

  4. Eric Newland profile image61
    Eric Newlandposted 5 years ago

    Is this site really stealing or is it backlinking with only occasional real offenses?

    I've had an enormous upsurge in views in the past few hours, most of them from "undetermined" sources. I wonder if this site is why.

    1. lobobrandon profile image83
      lobobrandonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      It's actually just backlinking according to me. Eric as far as I've known those views don't come as undetermined source. It shows as fr..artic...com

      1. Eric Newland profile image61
        Eric Newlandposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Yeah, and I haven't found any of my hubs there yet. Which means I'm getting crazy views from some other source. Well, off to start my own confused thread.

        1. lobobrandon profile image83
          lobobrandonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          haha, By crazy how much do you mean? I mean in percentage of your usual traffic? I'll check out your other thread if I see it.

          1. Eric Newland profile image61
            Eric Newlandposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Like 5 times what I normally get, except on days when I publish a new hub or get a repin or something that gets me noticed. All direct traffic too. I posted in THH.

            1. lobobrandon profile image83
              lobobrandonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              Hmm that's odd and what's a THH if you don't mind me asking?

              1. Eric Newland profile image61
                Eric Newlandposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                The Hubber's Hangout.

                1. lobobrandon profile image83
                  lobobrandonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                  Ok lol wink

 
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