The Attack of the Scraper Bots! (Stolen Online Content) by John Hanse

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  1. Misbah786 profile image85
    Misbah786posted 2 years ago

    Please take some time to read this very interesting and important article by John Hansen.

    Here's the link: … raper-Bots

    Thank you so much!!

    1. ChitrangadaSharan profile image90
      ChitrangadaSharanposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Hello John!
      It’s an important, well written and to the point article. You have very clearly explained the present issue faced by the HP writers. I hope the HubPages staff reads this carefully and try to resolve this issue, in the interest of their website, and to maintain their credibility.
      As expected, this one has also been stolen immediately.
      Let’s hope that this is resolved soon.
      Thank you for sharing.
      Thank you Misbah for sharing this in the forum.

  2. Misbah786 profile image85
    Misbah786posted 2 years ago

    Dear John,

    Thank you so much for writing such an informative and helpful article. I'm sorry, but I have to say that I hope it gets copied on acpeo as soon as possible and that all of their readers read it twice and learn about what the site has been doing with the authors of HubPages. I also hope the  editors and team at HubPages read it so they can understand it's not just our responsibility to protect our copyrights, but it's also HubPages' responsibility to protect its website and the contents of its authors, because acpeo is attacking the entire site, not just one or two authors. I'm hoping HP understands our concerns. smile

    Take care and stay safe

    Blessings always!!!

    1. Jodah profile image91
      Jodahposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you so much for sharing a link to my article, Misbah. Strangely, I am hoping it gets copied as well. That's the main purpose of writing it. Blessings.

      1. Misbah786 profile image85
        Misbah786posted 2 years agoin reply to this

        Pleasure! smile

  3. Pamela99 profile image87
    Pamela99posted 2 years ago

    You have given us an excellent article John. I learned a lot from it. I didn't see any of my articles, but msaybe they don't like medical articles. I also hope the editors and team at HubPages read it and help.I also hope your article gets copied as it clearly spells out how their scam works.
    Thanks for posting John's i mportant article Misbah.Many blessings to both of you.

    1. Jodah profile image91
      Jodahposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Hello Pamela. I am pleased that you learned something from this article. To find out if they copied any of your articles, go to the site and type your name into the search bar there. As Gianella said, your response to Bill’s challenge has been stolen unfortunately. I do hope HubPages can resolve this.

  4. Gianella Labrador profile image84
    Gianella Labradorposted 2 years ago

    I love what you said about at the end John. If people were to read it from there, they should be supporting the real authors and the original site of it. With three of us now having articles about them, I believe people who'd frequent to that site would be much aware of it by now. Praying we'd see the end of this sooner. And hopes it gets resolved as soon as possible.  Everything has an ending right? I'm sure it won't be long for this to be resolved. My latest article about them got copied as well there. I'm sure they didn't bother reading it. I have sent an email too to the mail displayed but got no response. Maybe the email itself is an  automated bot. I really hope this gets resolved soon. HP might be losing authors once again if this won't get fixed just like how it affected others losing the comment section, but this is more of a serious matter to every authors.

    Blessings to you Misbah, John, Pamela, and to every HP autors and writers.

    1. Jodah profile image91
      Jodahposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Gianella. Last time I checked this article still had not been copied/stolen. Perhaps they are waiting for it to go to Discover. Hopefully our writing articles about it will have some effect. I even sent an invoice to the email address saying they owe me $50 for the use of a copyrighted article without permission. I doubt I will get a response, but let’s see.

  5. Gianella Labrador profile image84
    Gianella Labradorposted 2 years ago

    Your poem Anticipation in response to Bill's Challenge, Pamela, unfortunately, I found it there too. Here is the link: … challenge/

  6. Jodah profile image91
    Jodahposted 2 years ago

    I must report that this article has now been scraped/stolen by This is the third of mine they have taken but the funny thing is I have never been notified by HubPages that any of my articles have been stolen.
    Another strange thing is that this forum thread does not  appear on my feed.

    1. Misbah786 profile image85
      Misbah786posted 2 years agoin reply to this

      It did not appear in my feed as well and still not showing up; however, I am following the thread via notifications. What's odd is that I'm the one who started this forum thread and it is still not in my feed, not even after comments. HubPages makes us think too much; I believe they should now include one emoji of 'Thinking/Wondering' in formatting, as we cannot use emojis directly on the forums...

      BTW . . . Congratulations. We are just loading their wonderful website with our amazing articles. big_smile tongue

      1. Jodah profile image91
        Jodahposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        Yes Misbah..a thinking/wondering emoji would certainly get lots of use. I wondered if the reason this wasn’t in our feeds is that it is listed under technology, but that shouldn’t matter if you started it and I follow you..we should both see it in the feed. Well, our plan worked, but will it have any impact? Let’s wait and see.

    2. surovi99 profile image83
      surovi99posted 2 years agoin reply to this

      I am glad you wrote this article, John. I really hope the issue gets resolved soon. All the best.

      1. Jodah profile image91
        Jodahposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        Hi Rosina, I hope so too. Cheers.

  7. AliciaC profile image93
    AliciaCposted 2 years ago

    Thank you for creating this article, John. You've raised some excellent points. I hope the current problem is solved soon.

    1. Jodah profile image91
      Jodahposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you Linda, I just wish HibPages would consider the points made and try to do something about it.

  8. Misbah786 profile image85
    Misbah786posted 2 years ago

    Filing DMCAs is just a waste of time. HubPages can help in this regard. It's their duty to safeguard their website and the authors of their website. Here's what I found on web:

    The good news is that there are many ways that you can prevent content scraping on your website. The bad news is that the ones you can do without plugins or a third-party service tend to be tedious. And both can turn real users off.

    Here’s an example. One way you can make it more difficult for content scrapers to take your content is by putting it behind a wall. You can easily enable registration on your website. With the use of plugins, you can add email confirmation and Captcha when registering and logging in. That will make it more difficult for scrapers to get to your content. But it will do the same for website visitors.

    Some of the popular methods you can employ to avert content scrapers and not website visitors include:

    Disabling right-clicking and keyboard commands.
    Rate limiting to allow only a certain number of actions in a specified timeframe.
    Changing your website HTML frequently.
    Turning text into images.
    Blocking by IP address, range, or browser ID.
    Using cookies to identify and block scrapers.

    For some, if not all, of these methods, you’ll need to know more than a few things about website administration or coding. To block by IP address, you’d need to track the appropriate addresses in your log files, and then block them in .htaccess. It might not seem hard to do, but it can take a while.

    Using plugins and third-party services to perform protective and preventive actions is a course you could take. You can disable right-clicking, for example, using the WP Content Copy Protection & No Right Click plugin. Turning text to SVG images is one of the techniques SiteGuarding uses for those that subscribe to their services. Cloudflare is a top-rated tool that utilizes rate limiting. These plugins might cost money, but they’ll save you lots of time. … -scraping/

    I would recommend everyone of you to read it. If we own the copyrights, it does not mean that we are solely responsible for everything. HP needs to understand that it is both our and their loss. They must help us.

    1. ChitrangadaSharan profile image90
      ChitrangadaSharanposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Wow Misbah!
      You did a lot of research on this. Thank you for sharing this information.
      I am aware that on many websites, copy/ paste is disabled. Why can’t this be done for HP articles? And since it’s clear, that who is stealing the published articles, isn’t it easy for HP to prohibit/ block that particular website, or request Google search to take some action? I am not so tech savvy, but I know that it can be done.

      1. Misbah786 profile image85
        Misbah786posted 2 years agoin reply to this

        Di, thank you so much for your thoughtful and wise response. Yes, it is possible, and I hope HP understands the issue we are facing; if it persists, not only we (the writers) will suffer, but the entire site will suffer too. smile

    2. tsmog profile image84
      tsmogposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      That is all well and good for novices trying to scrape content, But it won't stop any knowledgeable user of Python!! Try googling how to webpage scrape. There are articles galore telling you how to do it.

      1. Misbah786 profile image85
        Misbah786posted 2 years agoin reply to this

        I see. Thank you for the info, Tim. I will google it smile

  9. Peggy W profile image95
    Peggy Wposted 2 years ago

    That is discouraging that so many articles are immediately copied and posted elsewhere.  I will check to see if any of mine have been stolen.  Sometimes it is difficult to get them removed even if filing DMCA notices.  Thanks Misbah for showcasing John's article.


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