I just came across a website called bestofhubpages.com, with many of our hubs, indexed among adult ads with full nudity. A lot of the tags are of a VERY adult nature. Anybody know about this?
I just tried to view the site and it appears to be down.
The link don't open for me and the profile seems weired
OK, I went on a search and all that pulled up was bestofhubpages.blogspot.com and YES, it has been removed and the address no longer allowed ever again. Must have been one raunchy site. I find those kinds from time to time when taking the Blogger tour from my blogs to see what others are doing. You can run across some real garbage. Oh, well, looks like the situation was dealt with so all is well again in Hubville.
O.K. I just looked I am appalled gose to show it is probably due to all of our wonderful hubs that have some interesting photos, which is a shame.Someone should do something ::
That is a very valid question as this is something HubPages should look at directly as all of our hubs are planted on their, from religion to arts it is a mockery of our content but I hope that it will be handled. It appears as that company grabbed all of the content for traffic. I just honestly did not want my articles to be on a porno site.
We actually have no control on whoever is linking to us, we only can control links in our own webpages that have adsense ads. I think that is what adsense TOS says, no adult/mature content and no linking to such sites. Anybody has a different opinion?
Tried to find the owner, and registry enquiries show that bestofhubpages.com has never been registered.
Site does not come up on the net either.
Where exactly were you guys looking?
I hate to give them publicity, but here's the link. I had to hunt to find it.
** I removed the http but it still showed as a link, so I'm just taking it out altogether **
I'll delete this after you've picked it up.
Eric, Here you go I looked it up just like this, best of hubpages.com
That's too bad. Someone took a good idea for a site and turned it into a toilet. I don't get the porn and Hubpages connection. I can't see them converting any sales to their offerings with the kind of traffic they must be getting.
I don't think pornography is a bad thing, by nature. There's nothing wrong with watching people have sex. It's been done since the dawn of the species.
IThat said, I will say that what that site is doing is really sleazy. They're clearly misleading people in order to get traffic. I think even their paying customers will find some of their tactics annoying, to say the least. I mean, come on. Animated pictures of naked "real people" who just happen to live in whatever city you're in? Give me a break.
I don't get the Porn/HubPages connection either, but they'll still make some money. Porn-viewers aren't interested in only porn. I know; I'm one of them.
It's a shame that they may affect HubPages' reputation. I also don't think they're breaking any law by doing so, though.
Yup, it's sleazy. Worse, it can undermine a Hubber's efforts to build a professional reputation as a freelance writer.
It looks like they're backlinking the Hubs, not stealing them outright. I don't know if any of my Hubs are on there ... couldn't force myself to work through all that trash to find out.
Worse yet, people may find our hubs on that site. *shudder*
Not surprisingly, the owner of the domain is hidden via a privacyt services.
But the website is hosted with Hostgator.
Here's their TOS.
It does not specifically prevent adult content, but they will shut down sites determined to be obscene.
They will also respond to copyright complaints, so perhjaps Hub Pages staff can address this as a blatant case of stolen content.
Anyway, an email to firstname.lastname@example.org wouldn't go astray.
Just describe the problem, and give the domain name, and say that it is hosted on their servers.
Of course, if Hostgator shuts them down, they can be up and running on another host very quickly.
The only way that this could be prevented is for HubPAges to identify sites making requests to slurp huge amounts of hub pages indexing data, and refuse to provide it.
I've flagged this post, and asked HP staff to look at this problem.
Don't you just love the internet!
I found one of my hubs. As long as they're not stealing content, I'm not concerned about some low quality backlinks. The only thing that makes me angry is, they're using the Hubpages name.
It's there as besthubpages.com (no 'of' in the middle)
Thanks. I find that now.
But I don't like this type of websites. Why such webs are creating? What is the way to stop those types of web?
The guy who does it, shame on him/her.
So what if you don't like it - you don't have to go there - this is what the internet is built on: free speech - they've sent me traffic too so I don't care they can link to all my hubs as far as I care. They give me a backlink and traffic. They are not stealing anything: they are just linking to hubs: they aren't even using an excerpt - which would be fair use.
You can't stop people linking to your work on the internet - and a backlink from anywhere - and believe me this one is pretty soft porn - Google knows this and a link to your hub on other page will never hurt you otherwise anyone could take down their competitors just by linking to them from bad neighbourhoods.
That answers my concern, somewhat. When i saw it, the first thing I thought about was the recent rash of disabled adsense accounts here on HP.
OK. Great. If it brings traffic, I also be happy. But I fear, whether AdSense account will be blocked or not. Yet, I think as you are using AdSense longer, you know better and you have enough experience about AdSense terms and conditions. Thanks for your information.
I beg to differ. I found one of my hubs on there and description that have for mine is word for word on my introduction of my hub. Its my Steps to Installing a Message Board or a Content Management System hub.
They're not directly stealing your content. The script they are using appears to take a snippet and provide a link back to your hub. These low quality backlinks will not affect your Google Adsense earnings. If anything, it's Hubpages problem to get them shut down. If someone was using my business name and linking to porn, I'd be pretty upset. I hope they get legal on it.
First off, I can't stand the sites that use porn in any way. So right there is one thing I have against this.
Amazing enough I was not worried about my adsense earnings as I know that has nothing to do with me. What I more worried about is that I could get flagged for duplicate content because of this.
Many of mine are there as backlinks. I've actually gotten some traffic from there. I don't like that they're using the "HubPages" though, especially since they are obviously not connected with this in any way.
I've seen this site before. It didn't have all the nudity a few months ago. Looks like someone got ticked off at HP, and changed it.
I noticed the site before because I found the link in my trafic sources. You can find all your hubs there by searching on author.
I don't like the first page with all the nudity by the way and I don't know if the hubpageteam knows about it.
The advertising on that site is cheesy and overdone. Even someone looking for "that sort of thing" would probably be overwhelmed by all the videos. In their wildest dreams would a whole bunch of women be fawning over them. Just to look at the humorous side of it LOL.
It looks like some body has hijacked the idea and sites. Hubpages administration may take action against them.
That site is running nothing but adult ads, NOT AdSense, so nothing that is happening there is in violation of Google's TOS.
that sums it up rather succinctly
Found another one, or maybe the same one with a different name. It's calling itself "hubsdirectory.com", with very bad spelling (see the "about us" page!).
You see what they're doing right? If you look v e r y closely at the links, then you'll notice that they all have the same unique tracking word which is 'token'. SO what they're doing is referring everybody's hubs here and likely earning a FAT Google Adsense check as a result of sharing in the referral impressions here...very clever to say the least. I'll bet that site owner isn't even an active writer here -- but earning good pay from just referring our hub creations. Guess if would be possible to track who this person is based of their unique tracking word 'token'. I'd be curious to know who it is and sure you all would too!
That's not the same site I saw last week. If you Google the domain, they've placed a notation next to the domain title that says "Pornography" although I didn't notice any on the site-ads or otherwise. I'm running HP links on my site with a tracker to earn FAT Google checks, as well. That's why HP offers it. Income and backlinks.
Oh well, I better get to work making a cuppla thousand or so hub pages scraper sites and get in on that fat income.
Oh yeah no doubt I use trackers and refer people to HP to. But I'm just saying that this person is probably not even an active writer in the community at all. That kinda makes for a different perspective in my opinion but Hey I guess it''s fair game!
P.S. And Ohh I just visited that bestofhubpages.com link with all the adult content. Now that's on Another Level!^^^
Just wanted to let everyone know that this is on our radar and that we appreciate all of you bringing it to our attention. As far as we can tell they're not doing anything that's way outside of our terms of service, but of course we don't prefer our name and content being side-by-side with the promotion of pornography.
It's like the wild west! I suppose the only real way to protect a domain is to peg your claim to as many variations of your domain name as you can.
Cannot believe this. I went to besthubpages and found MY HUB about my daughter. When I clicked on it, it didn't link to Hubpages. Unbelievable NO WAIT, believable. Once you post on the web your in public domain. It does stifle a writer & that is really what we don't need.
Actually, anything you write on the Internet is still considered your intellectual property. By publishing it, you have copyrights to it, and you can fight for your rights if someone else has republished your work.
The first thing to do is contact the server host where your page was copied. Not the person who copied and republished it, but the company in charge of the site they republished it on. Explain to them what happened, with the date you published your writing and a link to the original plus a link to the copy. They often will take care of the problem from there.
If that doesn't work, do a search on internet plagiarism and I'm sure you can find other resources.
I actually put a copyright capsule on ALL my hubs. I have't seen anyone else do this (and they may well do, but it's not something I've noticed, although I've advocated it in several threads.
One thing I do notice that for all the constant threads on plagairism there are NO versions of my hubs out there at present. None.
Now, either this means my hubs are all so lousy nobody wants to copy them (not even the one that's twice on page 1 google) - or the copyright statement works. Just thought I'd throw that out there.
It's an interesting concept they have there, regardless of the porn. Just creating a directory, probably using rss feeds, and making money from the referrals. I would think hubpages would at the very least close their account here - as a measure against them using the hubpages name in the domain name?
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