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Credit: SD Dirk on flickr / Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic I've only been writing on InfoBarrel for about a month. I still have much to learn about the site, but I'm thoroughly impressed by the quality of the work I've read so far. Furthermore, InfoBarrel has made...
If you are wondering what being "unfeatured for lack of engagement" really means on HubPages, I can bust some myths for you. Does the Hubber score (or Hub score) make you wonder too? Since I have never joined HubPages, I can spare you some work. I haven't tweaked any of my 293 articles on there since 2013 (those are posted without my permission). I haven't promoted any link with the Squidoo or HubPages domain in the URL. In this short article, I share my theory of what might be behind this mysterious number.
Just when I felt like giving up chasing plagiarists, Google comes up with an easier way to report them. I couldn't wait to try out Google's Scraper Report and I bet you'll love it too. Plus, it gives me an emotional boost to know in mere seconds I can report a page - even if it's written in another language. The key way I find scrapers is to look for words that don't translate easily. Often, I find my pen name or the name of this site, InfoBarrel, gives them away.
Provide proof to the FTC about the Squidoo-HubPages transaction and provide water for Californians. Yes, I've decided to put my money where my mouth is. When I began to write online, I split my royalties 50% with charity. HubPages has kept my identity, profile, and 277 of my articles on their site (without my permission). And HubPages has withheld everything from me (including ad share revenue, Amazon and eBay royalties). I've launched a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission but I might need your help to get water to our Californian friends.
This week, HubPages announced a change to their HubScores. For the life of me, I couldn't find anything concrete or reliable about their new method to calculate it. Except, of course, that traffic is falling and they don't want writers to leave. Heck, even if your articles are so-so, HubPages wants (no, needs) you to stay. They are losing precious ad space and I don't think Google is pleased with HubPages right now.
Squidoo's Seth Godin announced on Friday, August 15th, 2014 (around 5 pm ET), that HubPages has acquired Squidoo. Part of this transaction, apparently, is the "promise" of the "highest rated" and "most useful" content. This content does NOT belong to Squidoo, it belongs to the writers. Before you accept any transfer of your work, consider what you are giving away. I outline facts (and possible legalities) in this article.
HubPages unmercifully decided to unfeature hundreds of former Squidoo Lenses-turned-Hubs on or around December 1st, 2014. While former Squidoo writers are wondering what happened, I drew on my social psychology classes and research into workplace bullying to provide you with some theories. Bottom line: we need to hold HupPages and Squidoo execs to their terms of service and both federal and state laws.
After I found out about CBS's new reality show, The Briefcase, I knew I had to try and pitch a better idea to Mr. Les Moonves. My gut reaction is this new reality show will flop. There is nothing gratifying about watching struggling families try to rationalize who deserves to be financially helped more. But there is great satisfaction in seeing deceptive business people forced to pay back those they have scammed.
My daughter wanted to know why HubPages is posting my photo and 293 articles of mine when I publicly protested the transfer of my work from Squidoo. She saw my August 31st video when I tried to delete my account or edit out all of my work when it was on Squidoo. Today, she saw the article that her and I worked on together (posted on HubPages) and she knows someone else is making money from her (our) hard work. The truth needs to be told so that other writers (and their kids) know what happened on Squidoo and what is about to happen on HubPages.
It saddens me to see stellar authors used and lied to by Paul Edmondson, the CEO of HubPages. As an outside observer, I can clearly see the impact the Editor's Choice program is having on subdomains. All of the evidence, along with over a dozen testimonials, points to the HubPages domain being massively downgraded by Google. I believe Paul Edmondson is grabbing at straws (and even keeping my work) on his site to reap as much profit as he can before a possible sell-out, closure, or lawsuit.
Both Squidoo and HubPages broke the law when author content was sold and bought without the express permission of each content owner. I've written numerous articles detailing what was morally and ethically wrong throughout this business transaction. Today, I felt it was wise to focus solely on the legalities. I've provided proof that may also help you file a successful lawsuit.
Here we are at the end of 2014 and I'm wondering how I will make ends meet at the end of February. I have no idea how long it will take to hear back from the IC3 or Level 3 Communications, the ISP for HubPages. For now, Consumer Affairs has let me know they are "waiting for a response from the company." In the meantime, I thought I'd try to get through to Larry Page since it appears that Paul Edmondson has blocked me on Google Plus.
In a response to a forum thread posted on HubPages, I felt compelled to answer Marisa Wright and others in this short article. I'd like to clear up some facts, present the law, and dispel any myths. Any anger directed towards me is clearly misplaced. My hope is that every writer is able to leave the HubPages platform and receive the entire amount of his or her earnings.
It seems that every online business has dealt with spam. It's easy to recognize and ignore now. But there's a new breed of troublemaker online that is far more toxic - trolls and paid shills. No, they don't resort to profanity, but they create the illusion that an article or author is somehow less credible. They do a good job of distracting readers from the facts and shifting their focus elsewhere. In the least, they usually succeed in keeping people quiet. I think it's time we enforced some laws.
In 2012, The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) stopped testing for radiation in imported foods. This is alarming since scientists, doctors, and researchers know that radiation in the food chain takes time to show up on our dinner plates - sometimes many years. We cannot dilute radioactive isotopes. Once consumed by aquatic life, the radioactive isotopes re-concentrate by orders of magnitude in each step along the food chain. This is where North Americans have been led astray.
As predicted, the tension between Hubbers and former Squids has writers scrambling to find the spam on HubPages. Many people still believe that Paul Edmondson was telling the whole truth when he stated that Google had put a manual action on a couple of subdomains for pure spam. I had a hunch the problem wasn't with the writers. And finally, I figured out where Google sees the spammiest line of all - thousands of times online. And no, the writers are not to blame.
If I had to pick one article that I wanted every writer online to read, this is the one. We need to be able to retain our rights online, on any platform. Content site owners need to be held accountable to their terms of service/use and adhere to both federal and state laws. HubPages and Squidoo cannot be allowed to proceed with their "deal" that has broken these rules and the law. Now is the time to take back what is legally ours - our content, identity, profile, and all of our earnings.
The red flags have gone up for HubPages writers: former Squidoo lenses are being unfeatured for lack of engagement (prior to the four month grace period), writers can no longer disclose their earnings without the prior written consent of HubPages, and authors are being encouraged to leave their "Hubs" [articles] up for at least a year. I outline eight lies you've been led to believe and provide you with the truth. Yes, there is a way to get compensated for your losses.
I was shocked to find 10 emails from HubPages in my inbox on Saturday, September 13th, 2014. I refuse to open any of them. Apparently, HubPages has at least 100 of my articles posted publicly (with their ads) on their website. My content was moved to HubPages without my permission and now I am reporting HubPages to the IC3. If you wish to report HubPages or Squidoo, I take you through the form step-by-step.
The truth travels fast and far online. I was thrilled to learn that HubPages lost 1200 authors in one week. The main reason? The Edmondsons admitted to "editing" the content of abandoned (aka "inactive") accounts. Paul Edmondson confirmed: by posting your content on HubPages, you've granted them the right to modify your work (without your permission). I found out it would cost me a lot of money to see justice done. I asked for Amazon's help and now it's time for the Federal Trade Commission to step in.