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How to Handle a Duplicate Content Warning on HubPages

Deborah Neyens is an attorney, educator, and freelance writer with a B.A. in political science and a J.D. from the University of Iowa.

You've just published a new Hub. You worked hard to get the content and formatting just right and are proud of the final product. You've shared it on all your social networks and sent it to everyone on your mailing list. Now it's time to sit back and watch those page views go up, up, up. Right?

But wait. When checking your statistics for the tenth time today, you see your new Hub has been highlighted in red with the dreaded word "duplicate" next to it. Heart pounding, you click on the Hub only to see a long warning at the top. What? You've been moderated for duplicate content! What on earth does that mean, and what can you do about it?

Here's everything you need to know to handle a duplicate content warning on HubPages.

What is Duplicate Content?

HubPages Terms of Use require all content to be unique to HubPages. Content that appears in whole or large part on another site or elsewhere on HubPages is not allowed, even if you wrote it or own the copyright to the work. Duplicate content also includes text that has been copied from multiple sources or that is "substantially similar" to another work. This means if you have closely paraphrased another work or heavily borrowed the word sequence or sentence patterns from another source, you could be at risk of a duplicate content warning.

What Happens When a Hub is Moderated for Duplicate Content?

If your Hub has been moderated for duplicate content, that means a reader or automated bot flagged your hub as potentially being in violation of HubPages Terms of Use. A HubPages moderator then reviewed the Hub to confirm it contained duplicate or substantially similar content. The Hub is unpublished and you will receive an email message alerting you to the issue.

You will have an opportunity to revise the Hub to fix whatever problem caused the duplicate content warning in the first place. Once you make the necessary revisions to remedy the violation, you may submit the Hub for republication. A moderator will review the revised Hub and, if it is found to be unique and meet all other HubPages publishing standards, will republish it. You will get a second email advising you that the Hub has been cleared for publication.

Resubmitting a Hub that still contains duplicate content is considered a repeat violation. Multiple violations could lead to your account being banned from HubPages. Accordingly, it is important to figure out and correct the problem before resubmitting the Hub for publication.

If you have no idea what caused the problem, send an email to the HubPages team asking for clarification. It may take up to several days for a response. While you are waiting, start your own investigation.

What Could Lead to a Duplicate Content Warning?

Even if you wrote the work yourself and have not published it on another site, there are a few common problems that could trigger a duplicate content warning. Consider the following:

  • Does the Hub contain quotes? Long quotes in a Hub, even if properly attributed, will trigger the duplicate content detector. Rewrite the hub to remove or substantially shorten the quoted text. If you feel it is important to reference the quoted material, consider linking to it instead.
  • Does your Hub feature or reference another Hub? If you included that Hub's summary as an overview, the summary may be long enough to trigger the duplicate content detector. Instead of using the other Hub's prewritten summary, write a unique overview of the other Hub.
  • Does your Hub contain a links capsule? When you enter the URL of a link in the text bar of the links capsule, the link description box may auto populate with a prewritten description of the link. If you have used the link's prewritten description, it may be long enough to prompt a duplicate content warning. Edit any link descriptions to make them unique.
  • Does your Hub contain an Amazon capsule? If you have included a product description from Amazon, that may be enough to elicit the warning. Rewrite the description in your own words.
  • Did you get sloppy when writing the Hub? When you're writing quickly and using limited sources, you inadvertently may recreate the same words and sentence structure used in the source material. Prevent this from occurring by using multiple sources, making notes as you read the source materials, and then writing a draft in your own words using only your notes. When making notes, use quotations to denote any wording you copied verbatim from the source and attribute as necessary.
  • A number of small issues that would not trigger a warning on their own may be enough to set off the duplicate content detector in combination.

Has Your Hub Been Stolen?


If you can't find the problem in your own Hub, the most likely scenario is someone has copied your work and published it elsewhere on the web. There are a couple of ways to check this.

The first is by copying and pasting excerpts from your Hub into a Google search box to see if your text has been copied. Note that Google queries are limited to 32 words or less, so it will take a lot of copying and pasting to search the entire text. Additionally, a Google search may not pick up all copied content, particularly more recently published material.

The second and more reliable method is by using the Copyscape plagiarism detection service, which searches the web to identify occurrences of content theft. All you need to do is copy and paste your text into the Copyscape search box and the service will search online for instances where your text has been copied in whole or in part. Unlike a free Google search, Copyscape likely will come at some cost to you.

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While there is a free Copyscape service, it provides only limited search results. It also allows only a limited number of scans per website per month. This limitation means that even if you have not performed other scans during the month, scans by other HubPages users already may have exceeded the monthly limit. Accordingly, you likely will need to purchase the Copyscape Premium service at a cost of $0.05 per search, payable by credit card or Pay Pal. You must purchase a minimum of 100 search credits at a cost of $5.00, but the remaining searches may be used later.

If by searching on Google or using Copyscape, you find your work has been copied, you should immediately file a notice of a DMCA complaint with the offending site. While that process is outside the scope of this hub, the HubPages Learning Center contains a tutorial on how to file a DMCA complaint for stolen content, including a template for a DMCA complaint (look under Online Writing Tips and Ideas in the Learning Center). For even more information, Hubber lmmartin has written an excellent guide on the topic:

Also let HubPages staff know, in connection with the duplicate content warning, that you have discovered your Hub was copied without your authorization. When you file the DMCA complaint, make sure to copy This will facilitate the republication of your Hub. In one recent circumstance in which this author's Hub was copied, resulting in a duplicate content warning, the Hub was republished within 45 minutes of filing a DMCA complaint and notifying HubPages staff.

It's Not the End of the World

While receiving a duplicate content warning may be frustrating, there's no need to panic. Follow this guide to find the source of the problem and take prompt action to fix it. Look at it as being given an opportunity to revise your Hub. Ultimately, it will be better for it.

Special thanks to the following Hubbers who provided troubleshooting tips for dealing with the duplicate content warning that inspired this Hub:


DrillBit on January 13, 2020:

Software that searches the Web for duplicate textual content. Universities increasingly use anti-plagiarism software to determine if students have copied someone else's content, and writers use it to see if others are using their copyrighted work in full or in part. Thus copied or duplicate content can be identified in a fraction of seconds using Drill bit software which is one of the best online plagiarism checker for students.

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on August 09, 2017:

Glad you found the information to be helpful.

gyanendra mocktan from Kathmandu,Nepal on June 15, 2017:

Information is a fabulous time to save for me. I hope your article will have the same feeling for new ones here. Deborah Neyesns has helped me same time. Thank you.

Tamara Wilhite from Fort Worth, Texas on October 06, 2016:

Thank you for the advice. I have had several people scrape my content, the most recent case is now a hub on the plagiarism case.

Colin Garrow from Inverbervie, Scotland on June 14, 2015:

This has only happened to me once and I knew straight awaywhat the problem was. However, I wasn't aware of all these other possibilities, so thanks for the info. Great Hub. Voted up.

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on April 09, 2015:

Hi Laurie. Welcome to Hubpages! I am glad you found this information useful.

Laurie Maxson from AL on February 28, 2015:

Thanks for all the useful info. I am new to Hub so this is very helpful.

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on January 03, 2015:

Thanks for reading and commenting, Rebecca. I hope you never need to use my advice. : )

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on January 03, 2015:

informative and useful! I have had a few copied hubs. It is a pain to deal with. I haven't had any duplicate material yet, but this is a great reference to have. Thanks!

Wim van Winsum from Groningen, the Netherlands on June 08, 2014:

I seriously doubt the quality of the duplicate content checking algorithm that Hubpages uses. I have submitted a hub with absolutely guaranteed unique content. It was rejected because hubpages considered it as duplicate content. I checked large parts of the text in Google and there was nothing to be found in the serps. I have heard this from a couple of other people as well, so I would recommend people not to waste time writing content for hubpages....

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on March 11, 2014:

Thanks for the comment, Jodah. I hope it doesn't happen to you again but if it does, perhaps this hub will give you some ideas on how to resolve the issue more quickly.

John Hansen from Australia (Gondwana Land) on March 11, 2014:

Good hub Deborah, very helpful. I have received duplicate content warnings on a couple of my hubs but have eventually had them pass. It gets frustrating when you don't know which part of your hub is duplicated, but I understand it s for the best in the long run. The problem more often than not is a quote that is too long. Voted up.

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on January 13, 2014:

Thanks, Careermommy. Using quotes can be tricky. It happened to me once, too. I ended up taking out the quote and leaving the hub up, which solved the problem.

Tirralan Watkins from Los Angeles, CA on January 11, 2014:

Good hub. This happened to me once and I was so taken aback by it. I realized later that it was because I used several quotes from various public figures. I ended up posting it to my blog instead.

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Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on July 19, 2013:

Thanks, Joe. I'm glad you found my hub helpful. Good luck in resolving your copyright issue.

Hawaiian Odysseus from Southeast Washington state on July 17, 2013:

This was very helpful to me because I recently received this warning while in the midst of my 30 Hubs Challenge last month. It really discouraged me. Your hub is packed with information that I can use, hopefully effectively, in dealing with original writing that was used without my permission by some stranger. Thank you for sharing, and I especially appreciate your acknowledgement of three other HubPages writers at the end. Aloha, my friend!


Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on July 01, 2013:

Thanks, Au Fait and sharingmyknowledge. I hope this hub saves people from some of the aggravation I experienced.

SHAR NOR from Miami, FL on May 19, 2013:

Thanks for the Hub. True, this is a good one not only for reference purposes but an informative and helpful one. Thanks.

C E Clark from North Texas on May 19, 2013:

A good hub to keep as a reference. A friend recently had this happen and I will send the URL for this hub to him. I think your advice on copywrite in the comments above is useful too. I hadn't bothered to put a copywrite message on any of mine for the reasons you stated, but I can see how its being there could be the thing that will damn a thief.

Sharing this great hub!

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on April 11, 2013:

I don't know the answer to that, ib radmasters, but I do know those generic email messages can be very frustrating because they don't really provide any guidance as to what the problem might be. That's one of the reasons why I wrote this hub in the first place, to help you figure it out on your own, which is often what we have to do. Thanks for commenting.

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on April 11, 2013:

Hi Sue. You own the copyright to your hub from the minute you put the words to paper (or to screen) without taking any further action. I think the advantage of including a copyright designation is sometimes when hubs get scraped and published elsewhere, the copyright designation will go right along with it, letting everyone who reads the stolen hub that it is actually your work.

Brad Masters from Southern California on April 01, 2013:

Emailing is not an answer, it should be in with the report that says your hub is a duplicate. When I write a multi thousand word hub, with dozens of text capsules, I don't know what to revise or why it is in question.

What does it take for hp to simply tag the source that claims it to be duplicating.


Susan Bailey from South Yorkshire, UK on March 30, 2013:

I had a duplicate content warning too but luckily I could prove that it was the other party who had stolen some of my content. His article was published in March of last year; mine had been published on Hubpages five years ago. I was granted an exception. I was going to put in a DMCA but didn't bother. I notified the person who had copied my article and asked him to remove it or I would file a complaint and luckily he did so. It wasn't an exact copy of mine but had similarities. Would you say it is a good idea to copyright all hubs?

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on March 05, 2013:

Thank you all for reading and commenting. I hope this never happens to you but, if it does, I hope this hub provides a helpful resource.

Jayme Kinsey from Oklahoma on February 23, 2013:

Thankfully I have not had this happen yet. But I am bookmarking this hub for future reference in case it does occur. This advice is especially important now that so many Hubbers are having their works copied and stolen by outside sources. Thanks for the great tips!

Margaret Perrottet from San Antonio, FL on February 12, 2013:

I had a hub copied verbatim, and placed on another site. I like to check on Google to see where any new articles I've put on-line show up in a search. The copied article showed up, and not my original HubPages article. I informed HubPages before the duplicate flag could be placed on it, and they verified that my article was the original. I issued a complaint with Googl against the site that had the copied material, and they eventually took the copied article down.

I would advise taking a few minutes using the methods outlined in your excellent article. Hopefully, you can catch a copy violation before HubPages flags it, and avoid having your article removed temporarily.

Great hub, voted up and useful.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 12, 2013:

Great hub packed with useful information. In reading the comment by Kellyward, I would never have thought to check for duplicate content if the arrow suddenly turns downward on a top performing hub. I guess I really should start checking for duplicate content. Sad that we have to do this! Up and useful votes and will share.

C E Clark from North Texas on February 07, 2013:

Very interesting and useful info as I have seen a lot of people saying they have been sited for this issue lately.

CarNoobz from USA on February 05, 2013:

I've had my hubs stolen before. That sucked. But the worst thing was that those jerks were outranking me with my own content! They were ranked, but my hubs were actually buried behind a "similar results" link.

Irritating. DMCAs were sent out, but hubs aren't getting any love from Google.

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on February 04, 2013:

Thanks, xstatic. Glad you haven't had to deal with this issue yet. Knock on wood. : )

Jim Higgins from Eugene, Oregon on February 02, 2013:

Great info and should be very helpful to other Hubbers. Fortuanately, I have not suffered any of these problems yet, but "forewarned is foerarmed."

John Mark from Texas on January 19, 2013:

I have published my Hub article on my personal website and also on other sites. Would that trigger duplication even though the article is my own? Can I only publish my article her on HubPages and nowhere else?

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on January 10, 2013:

Thanks for reading and commenting, alwaysamber, boundarybathrooms, and StayAwakeNow. It's a little scary to get a duplicate content warning, not knowing what the problem might be, so hopefully if/when it happens, these tips will help you.

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on January 10, 2013:

Thank you for the help and advice when I had the problem a few months ago, Cyndi. Although my issue turned out to be someone copying my hub, you and the others gave me all sorts of ideas of things to look for. This hub wouldn't have happened without your good advice!

Giani Noyez from Belgium on January 09, 2013:

I've bookmarked this hub, just in case.. You never know. nice hub, very clear and good layout. really enjoyed reading it.

Thomas Mulrooney from Burnley, Lancashire, UK on January 09, 2013:

Thanks for the tips! I think Hubpages duplicate content filters can be a bit overzealous at times but given Google's stance on it these days I understand why Hubpages has to be a bit harsh, it's just disheartening to see it pop up when you know you've done nothing wrong.

alwaysamber on January 08, 2013:

Thanks for sharing. This has happened to be about two times. I had to go back and fix some things. Very frustrating!

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on January 08, 2013:

Deb - you are awesomesauce! I had no idea that you had a shout-out in here and I thank you so much! Yeah, the online writing world can have a nasty side, but with your expertise, it becomes a lot more feasible to tackle the issue of duplicate content. voted up, shared and tweeted!

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on December 11, 2012:

It is pretty frustrating to get a warning when you can't figure out what caused it. Thanks for sharing your story, vespawoolf. Another thing to add to trouble-shooting list.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on December 05, 2012:

This has happened to me more than once! I absolutely couldn't figure out the problem one time and after writing the hub team, I found out it was the video I had attached from youtube. I didn't realize that amazon capsules can cause the same problem. Thank you! This gives me a lot to think about.

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on October 10, 2012:

Jamie, I'm told that sometimes the duplicate bot makes mistakes. Maybe that's what happened to you. In any event, I'm glad your issue was resolved quickly. Thanks for the comment and for sharing this.

My Minds Eye, I'm guessing a lot of people have made that mistake. When you have a lot of work out there, it's easy to overlook something like that. Thanks for the comment.

Maude Keating from Tennessee on October 09, 2012:

Well I also removed it - lol.

Maude Keating from Tennessee on October 09, 2012:

I duplicated a poem I had forgotten I had included in a group of poems about life. They told me, I publicly apologized and that was it.

Jamie Brock from Texas on October 09, 2012:

Deborah- Thank you for this hub! Recently, I published a hub and a couple days later noticed a duplicate warning on it. It shocked me because I haven't had this happen before. I knew I wrote it myself and everything I write here on HP stays right here. I then thought maybe someone copied and published it elsewhere but was unable to locate it anywhere else. I wrote HP staff and posted to a forum to see if there was something I could do that I may be missing and all the sudden the duplicate warning was taken off and hub republished. I'm glad it was republished but the whole thing gave me a heart attack and would have been nice to get some kind of explanation from someone as to why it happened. I will be bookmarking this hub for future reference in case this happens again. I appeciate all of the information and tips you shared here... voting up, useful and sharing :)

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on September 28, 2012:

It seems to happen to everyone, craiglyn, but it sure is disconcerting to get that notice. Glad your issue was resolved.

Lynda from Ontario, Canada on September 27, 2012:

I just had my first "duplicate content" warning - hub #31. Must have been a magic number. Scared the bejeevers out of me. But it is corrected now and republished. So all is good. : )

Rhonda Humphreys from Michigan on September 25, 2012:

Me too Deborah. lol

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on September 25, 2012:

It's very disconcerting to have something like that happen, Rhonda. That's why I wrote this hub, so others could benefit from what I learned from the experience. I hope it never happens to either one of us again! Thanks for reading and commenting.

Rhonda Humphreys from Michigan on September 25, 2012:

Great information Deborah. I have had this happen tome twice and it freaked me out. Ultimately I did get the issues resolved and my hubs were published. Wish I had read your hub first. :) Voted up and useful.

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on September 18, 2012:

Hi Deborah. Thanks for your reply and encouragement. No, I have not written a whole lot on dollmaking -- just one article, which I will get on HP once I have enough images to make it more interesting.

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on September 18, 2012:

Hi Daphne. Yes, I think the duplicate content bot could pick up on the summary in your blog. Maybe not, but why risk it? I would recommend rewording it at least slightly to prevent any issues. Thanks for stopping by.

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on September 18, 2012:

It is so frustrating, Vespawoolf. I agree. I've had my hubs stolen a few times before this, but never got a duplicate content warning. When it happened this time, my concern was my ability to prosecute a DMCA complaint since my hub had been unpublished. But when I explained my concern to Hubpages staff, they republished it right away. I hope you never have to revisit this hub, but I do appreciate the visit and comment.

Daphne Shadows on September 17, 2012:

Thank you. Definitely something I needed to read. I do have one question though...

If I use the summary of my hub to describe it on my blog, will that be counted as duplicate? Or do I need to re-word the summary of each of my hubs before linking to them on my blog?


Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on September 17, 2012:

I think this has happened to most of us at one time or another. Incredibly, the times my hubs have been stolen there was no duplicate warning! But once I re-used an Amazon capsule from another of my hubs and I received the duplicate content warning. It's very frustrating when it happens, so this information and especially the checklist are very helpful. I'll be back next time this happens to me! (hopefully not) Thank you!

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on September 09, 2012:

Interesting that adding hearts to separate the stanzas helped, coffeegginmyrice. Thanks for sharing hat tip. I'm sure others will find it useful.

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on September 09, 2012:

Craiglyn, your series sounds interesting. I will look for it. Thanks for commenting.

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on September 09, 2012:

Thanks Cris. There's always something new to learn here. I appreciate the share.

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on September 09, 2012:

Thanks for the comment, Phyllis. Yes, it can be difficult to put an original spin on some topics so it is good advice to write on topics that don't already have a lot of other articles out there. As for the quotes, I really like the tip in one of the earlier comments about putting the quoted text into an image. I hope you don't give up on your writing, but dollmaking sounds interesting. Have you written on that subject?

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on September 09, 2012:

Hi ib radmasters. I found that when you email Hubpages staff to ask for clarification, they are pretty helpful in letting you know what the problem i. It may take a few days to get a response, however. Thanks for commenting.

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on September 09, 2012:

Hi remaniki. I think that's a common mistake new hubbers make. Thanks for pointing it out.

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on September 09, 2012:

Hi Vinaya. I've heard that's a common cause of a duplicate content warning. I've never tried to unpublish something from somewhere else and publish it here, but I do know it takes a while to be de-indexed. Thanks for that tip and for the comment.

Marites Mabugat-Simbajon from Toronto, Ontario on September 08, 2012:

I've received "duplicate content warning" I think two times. One, was when I was moving an article I wrote under onto HubPages. After getting the warning, I decided to close my WP account and moved all my blogs to HP. It was a more convenient move for me, though I lost the other account to spread out my stuff, anyways not to mention about profit on HP, I find the traffic of followers and readers here way much better than that of the other side. Second, there was this lyrics of a song I wanted to add, of course you have the find the actual lyrics and don't come up with our own. So, I copied-pasted it onto my hub and credited the source I took it from...then, I received another warning in my email! It drove me crazy because I really wanted the lyrics. So what I did to change it a bit from where I got it, I added hearts to separate the stanzas and that worked!

It's great sharing, Debs. Thank you.

Lynda from Ontario, Canada on September 08, 2012:

Thank you very much for this information. I just did a 7 part series on my first Italy trip and was wondering what, if anything that I researched and used could cause a problem. So far, so good. But this article just in case helps to know what to look out for.

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on September 08, 2012:

Very useful and informative hub. Been here for five months now and there is still so much to learn. Thanks to hubbers like you for sharing this wealth of info.

Voted up and will share as well.

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on September 08, 2012:

Very well-written and informative hub, Deborah. I have been through this exact process with a duplicate warning and eventually had to just delete my hub and give up on the duplication research. The reason for my letting the hub go is a problem I encounter over and over. There are now more internet writers than ever before and it is becoming more and more difficult to find something to write about that does not have a zillion articles already on the internet. Some subjects are written about so often that it is useless to try and write about the same subject in our own words -- someone, somewhere has used the same words and structure.

The thing to do is find a subject that has very few articles written on it and try to write an interesting hub, then try to find some images that relate to the subject, which is not always easy.

One of the easiest hubs for me to write is in the creative writing category where I can make up my own story. Then if it is really good, there is the fear that someone goes and steals it.

Writing for the internet is becoming increasingly more difficult. I find that the SEOs have really tied our hands. It is not possible anymore to quote part of a poem or famous speech, like the Gettysburg address, without being slapped on the back of the hand.

I love to write about mythology and history. I like to quote in small part a scholar from the distant past. So I get a duplicate warning for something that was written over hundreds of years ago? That is a bit difficult to swallow and a very annoying thing to have to go through.

And to try and fight the person who stole your content is not as easy as it should be. After over two years of emailing, threatening and pleading, I still have some of my stolen content on another site which will cause me to receive a duplicate warning if I try to republish it again.

However, my creative passion is writing and I will never give it up. I aim to keep trying my best to never again receive a duplicate warning -- or, I may someday give up and go back to dollmaking.

Brad Masters from Southern California on September 07, 2012:

That is fine but why can't hp just give you the source info so you can check it

When you have a hub with several thousand words, it would be nice to narrow down where at least to the capsule level hp thinks there is duplication.

Rema T V from Chennai, India on September 07, 2012:

Hi DeborahNeyens,

This hub is excellent, full of useful information that every hubber should know. I too did get this warning just once but that was because I hadn't removed my blogger article that had very few page views before publishing it on HP.

Even though it was my own work, HP detected when I clicked the 'Publish' button and sent me a warning. I simply had to delete the blogger article and after a while my hub was published.

Thanks for this great hub! Voted up, awesome, useful and interesting. Sharing it too. Cheers, Rema.

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on September 07, 2012:

I have once received duplicate content warning. It was because I republished an article which was published in some other site. I knew republication was not allowed so I had deleted the article on that site before publishing on Hubpages. Unfortunately search engines had not de-indexed even after the article was unpublished.

Thanks for sharing this comprehensive article. I believe lots of hubbers will benefit from this hub.

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on September 07, 2012:

Thanks, Docmo and tillsontitan. Wow, I can't imagine how frustrating it would be to find out the warning was the result of a bot mistake. But that is why it's good to keep the lines of communication open with HP staff until you get the problem figured out, instead of just deleting the hub. Thanks for your comments and glad you both found this useful.

Mary Craig from New York on September 07, 2012:

We've all been down this road at one time or first time (oh be gentle Hub Pages) was too many quotes though it took me a while to figure that one out. My second time was a bot mistake. Also had a hub stolen when a foreign site was stealing hubs from people in the 30 day challenge.

This hub contains good information and will be very helpful to those experiencing the duplicate warning for the first time.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

Mohan Kumar from UK on September 06, 2012:

Great summary Debs and somereally useful tips to deal with this situation. Sometimes duplicate content warning may happen even without any of those points and the HP staff have conceded that occasionally the bot gets it wrong. In these circumstances they will allow for the hub to be published - this has happened to me. They were very helpful.

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on September 06, 2012:

Thank you, Arlene. I hope you never have to use the reference!

Arlene V. Poma on September 06, 2012:

Cool and awesome Hub, Deb. I'm keeping a hard copy of your Hub for quick reference. I've only had one warning for duplicate copy, but that's because in the beginning, I moved one of my blog entries to HubPages, but kept the blog article intact. I ended up writing another article, using another slant, and it was accepted by ADM. What a bummer to have someone copy your work, but unfortunately, there are plenty of thieves on the Internet who think nothing of being copycats! A+++ Thanks for a very useful reference.

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on September 04, 2012:

Thanks, jpcmc. Yes, probably best to find a stolen hub yourself before HP's duplicate content checker finds it and flags your hub. Homesteadbound once wrote a great hub about how to set up Google alerts for your hubs so you will be notified if your content shows up somewhere else. You may want to look for that hub for more info.

JP Carlos from Quezon CIty, Phlippines on September 04, 2012:

This is really informative. It's sad that some writers out there copy content. Actually sad is an understatement. I have not checked my hubs if it's duplicated or stolen. I think I should do it ASAP.

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on September 03, 2012:

Thanks for reading and commenting, Rajan. Glad you found it useful.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 03, 2012:

A very useful hub. Thanks for sharing these interesting ideas.

Voted up & useful.

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on September 01, 2012:

That's strange, Nell. Did you ever find out what caused the warning? Thanks for reading and commenting.

Nell Rose from England on August 31, 2012:

Hi Deborah, yes I think we have all been here, it does drive me insane, especially if we have worked so hard to make a unique hub. And of course we do sometimes accidentally write the same sentence as someone else too, I got a duplicate thing come up on a hub that was actually completely new because I wrote about a girl that I was promoting! lol! hubpage staff must have said oops in the background!

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on August 30, 2012:

Teaches, sorry to hear you deleted your hub instead of figuring out the problem. Hope this helps if you ever get another duplicate content warning. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Dianna Mendez on August 29, 2012:

I appreciate your writing this useful hub, Deborah. It is one that will help to troubleshoot quickly when you get these alerts. I did have one hub that was tagged as such and I deleted it. Your information would have helped me then to perhaps look into the reasons and repost. Voted up.

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on August 29, 2012:

Thanks, Tips. I know what you mean. I had myself convinced it was something I did (especially since Google didn't find any copies), so thankfully I did not resubmit for publication before I ran it through Copyscape. But all's well that ends well and now I can help others by sharing my experience.

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on August 29, 2012:

Thanks, Eddy. It's so nice to have you back here on HubPages. You've been missed!

tipstoretireearly from New York on August 29, 2012:

Interesting article. I never thought about this problem arising from someone who copies my work. Nice hub!

Eddy Jones from Wales. on August 29, 2012:

Thanks for this hub and I save incase I need it one day.

I find hubs like this priceless and thank you for sharing.


Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on August 29, 2012:

Thanks for the comment, UrsulaRose. One of the best things about writing on HubPages is that we can all draw upon each other's experiences to help guide us down a sometimes murky, rocky path.

UrsulaRose on August 28, 2012:

A well-written and informative hub that is definitely worthwhile reading whether you are a newbie or long-time Hubber.

Like with real life, in cyber-land we have to take the good with the bad and the bad with the good whether we like it or not. It is all one big learning curve!

Voted up with extra trimmings.

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on August 28, 2012:

Thanks for that tip, Dorsi. Why on earth would anyone copy an entire hub? It amazes me what happens sometimes! Thanks for commenting.

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on August 28, 2012:

Thanks, nmdonders and Suzie. I hope neither one of you ever need this info! : )

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on August 28, 2012:

Relationshipc, doesn't your heart just sink when you find your work has been stolen? It's always worked out in the end for me, but it is so frustrating. Thanks for the comment.

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on August 28, 2012:

Thanks, Kelley. Those are great tips. I've seen a recent drop in traffic with one of my top performers. Thought it was a panda update but maybe I should be checking for copies. Interesting that your experience with copyscape was the opposite of mine. Google didn't find anything, which is part of the reason I was so confused.

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on August 28, 2012:

Thanks, Sunshine, timcgaa, and dinkan.

Timcgaa, that's quite an ordeal you went through. Glad it l worked out for you. I agree that it's important to keep the lines of communication open with HP staff.

professionalhub from Pakistan on August 28, 2012:

I think best free software for checking plagiarism is VIPER.You can free download from the website

Free download the software and install it on your computer.This software will generate a report for your Hub.If you find any colored text in your report, Re-write the colored text before publishing it.

Dorsi Diaz from The San Francisco Bay Area on August 28, 2012:

Thank you for this informative hub. Another problem I have found is when someone copies my entire hub into a forum. That triggers the dup, copy message also. It's a pain in the you know what dealing with!

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on August 28, 2012:

Great article, touch wood I have not experienced this yet but will make sure to keep your useful tips and info handy!

Thunderma on August 28, 2012:

Well written and super useful information.

Nira Perkins on August 28, 2012:

Pretty much every topic has been covered to some degree somewhere out there. I can understand why some articles are flagged as duplicates. It's good to help prevent plagiarism though. Great article and great info.

Kari on August 28, 2012:

I write in my own personal way, and I normally don't trigger any kind of duplicate warnings. However, I have had people steal my work like this hub talks about. So frustrating!

I even had one person copy an article I was selling (on constant content) word for word, which made the article unsellable. That was probably the worst.

I do find that if someone copies your work and puts it on blogger (which seems to happen a lot), Google is pretty good at removing the article quickly if you send in a complaint.

Great article with important tips.

kelleyward on August 28, 2012:

Wow what a terrific article Deb! I've had 4 articles stolen, one stolen 3 times by different sites etc. It's frustrating but if I see a down arrow on one of my top performing hubs I always take some from my hub and copy it and then put it into the search engine on Google. Every time I've found out that my hub was stolen it came up this way. When I tried the same in copyscape a lot of the times it came back that there was no duplicate content out there. Glad you figured it out with the help of helpful hubbers! Voted up and shared! Kelley

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