This is a guest post by Austin Rinehart.
[Note from Joseph: as you'll see in the author bio, Austin writes for Plagspotter.com and as such you will of course sense he possesses something of a biased point of view. Nevertheless, I've played around with the Plagspotter software and it's pretty neat. Well worth using - I mean it's free, so why would you not utilize it's capabilities to enhance your business...]
PlagSpotter is a new plagiarism content checker which allows you to detect articles which utilize duplicate content on the internet. The software is free and with it you can uncover websites that are potentially hurting your site’s authority and reputation.
The vast majority of online advertisement providers are against duplicate marketing content and may penalize your website if they think you are involved. Google also has a strong stance on this issue and often bans links from websites that host duplicate content. With plagiarism check software like Plagspotter you can find out which websites are copying your content, and if the situation is bad then you can then take action against these sites and keep your site’s reputation and presence safe.
It is easy to begin with PlagSpotter, and no account sign-up is required. The PlagSpotter homepage lets you type in the URL of a website you want to check, and then searches that website for duplicate content. You can only type in URLs and not local computer content, and you cannot search pages that are not directly accessible.
Once the search has finished you will be taken to a results page. This page shows you whether any duplicate content has been detected, which will be highlighted, and gives you a percentage of non-unique content overall on that page. If you click on the highlighted text you are given a list of sources on the right hand side, which you can click on and go to check for yourself.
This plagiarism check software is very sensitive in detecting duplicate content. That is good, but it also means that many false positives are detected. This is something of a downside, but it is not too difficult to work your way around these false positives.
I was impressed at the speed and rigor of the software, and the overall performance. It’s a new check tool on the market and will no doubt have a number of initial issues, but as a free online tool it is very convenient and has excellent potential for the future, and I would definitely say it is the best free check tool of its kind. I’ll be keeping a close eye on this software – it may even begin to compete with the well-known and well-established plagiarism checker CopyScape. All in all I would certainly recommend it.
Austin Rinehart is the senior writer on Plagspotter.com. He is married with two lovely daughters. Austin is currently looking for opportunities to publish on various topics such as internet trends, scientific research, strategies of improving life, etc.