PlagSpotter: A Great Tool for Bloggers

| February 12, 2013 | 33 Comments

Laura-May Zvolinska is a Project Coordinator of duplicate content checker PlagSpotter, follow her on Twitter and add to G+ for communication. 

Laura approached me with her awesome online tool which I am sure will help us bloggers to protect our content on our blogs. The tool is called PlagSpotter and you can find all the details about the same below. Do let us know what you think about it and share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

The upstart website PlagSpotter.com is an innovative duplicate content checking and monitoring tool developed by a Ukraine-based startup in Kyiv. PlagSpotter is not just for journalists and writers but is particularly useful for online bloggers as well. In the online blogging world, original content and ideas are everything. Significant problems can arise if someone else decides to cherry-pick from your original content. You could lose your audience, good SEO standing, and eventually your blog could fade into obscurity if you don’t keep a watchful eye on your content.

This is where PlagSpotter steps in. While it is a recently-developed website, PlagSpotter has already received many accolades for its effectiveness in identifying duplicate content. It was awarded the top place in Search Engine Journal’s list of Top SEO Startups of 2012. Not only that, but the German magazine Optimize or Die also had an article that featured the Ukrainian PlagSpotter team in December 2012. The magazine was also forced to acknowledge that German developers were no longer the only ones making serious waves in the SEO industry.

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Among PlagSpotter’s cutting-edge features is the ability to check your URLs by entering them in and then clicking on the Find Copies button. After this, a list of sources with the percentage of matched content will be available in a report. There is also an option to have PlagSpotter automatically monitor your URLs for duplicate content on a daily or weekly basis. Not only this, but PlagSpotter can provide a “Protected by PlagSpotter” badge on your blog as a warning to all potential plagiarists. PlagSpotter is also a useful tool if you need to double-check and see if your online content is truly original or not. And last but not least, PlagSpotter now even has an app that allows you to automatically scan any given page in Google Chrome.

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Protecting your blog’s content should always be one of your top concerns as a blogger. Your original and attention-grabbing content is your lifeblood. If someone takes your content and reposts it as their own and then they get more hits, your blog will be hurt. Not only this, but it can potentially cause problems with Google and search engine results. If the other site gets more hits, users can be re-directed by Google to them.

 

Like the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Prevent all potential plagiarism on your blog by protecting your original content with PlagSpotter and stop content thieves dead in their tracks.

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Praveen Rajarao is a Software Tech Lead and in his spare time blogs on his website – http://www.dailymorningcoffee.com and http://www.techivy.com. His topics range from blogging to technology to affiliate programs and making money online and how-to guides.

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  1. Adrienne says:


    Twitter:
    Hey Praveen,

    Well that’s a pretty cool site. I did a quick scan but will have to check the sites that came up. Some I have my posts on so I’m thinking that’s what they are but I have one phrase that’s showing duplicated but that’s one everyone says.

    Will have to investigate further but this can really be a very helpful site.

    Thank you so much for sharing this.

    ~Adrienne

    • praveen says:


      Twitter:
      Hi Adrienne – Glad you found this useful and am sure it will become one of the sought-after tools in the near future.

      I did some play-around with the tool, and I agree that some of them are showing duplicated even though there is not a 100% match with phrases. I think they might be working on these as we speak :-)

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment.
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  2. Twitter:
    This is definitely a site that will get a lot of use an attention. Plagiarism and copyright infringement are rampant on the web largely because it’s so hard to monitor for and find. Lets hope that this and other sites and tools will make it much easier to find and stop content theft.

    So I’ll be like Adrienne busily checking out how well this site works. And it should make a great blog article as I know that everyone that I know doing any blogging or article posting on line has this problem to contend with.

    Lets just hope that this site delivers on it’s promises as we sure need the help.
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    • praveen says:


      Twitter:
      Frank – Welcome to TechIVY and glad to see your comment here.

      Yes, copyright infringement and plagiarism are becoming more and more frequent these days and one has to be very careful before publishing an article or even re-using an image from the internet. There is every cause to worry for duplicate content and violation of privacy.

      I am happy to note that you will be checking back with this tool to see how well it meets our needs as bloggers. I would look forward for a review of the same on your blog now :-)

      Thanks once again.
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  3. Mayura says:

    Hi Praveen,

    I’ve given it few tries before I step into commenting mate :)

    It came up with 40 sources and few of ‘em are known to me as they were blog directories that feeding my content. Haven’t go through all 40 but around 15. However most of ‘em had 3% of matched content.

    Yet found quite similar phrases, not the exact and on some. I think we can ignore results below 10% or do you know what percentage we need to focus on? :)

    Well, more percentage means quite similar, but curious in knowing if we come up with more results, what minimum percentage is good to go with :) Seems like 25% for me, but still I’m assuming.

    Some results had no such phrases at all though it says 3% of matched content. I think it might be cached or indexed content and PlagSpotter running through it.

    Gotta check it out more and I do like how it works and showing the matching percentage :) The “Originality Report” is awesome. Hope more improvements to come.

    Thanks for sharing about this Praveen and have a wonderful weekend mate :)

    Cheers…
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    • praveen says:


      Twitter:
      Mayura – I am always looking forward to your comment on my posts due to the very fact that you put in your 100% into it :-)

      I am sorry that I did not write an in-depth review of the tool, I should have done it and better explained before publishing this short description of the same. (maybe done in a hurry)

      Yes, I did see that it lists out many sites that are well known to share our content like bloginteract, pinterest, facebook pages etc. Leaving all those aside, I am sure if we look at something that is more than 10% match, then maybe we are on the right track here, do u agree??

      I agree with you on the originality report, it is as simple as a filter for the duplicates, but very well designed and made easy for us.

      Glad you liked this and hope they keep improving the tool.
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  4. Nirmala says:


    Twitter:
    That’s great tool for bloggers! Really a needed one to find and report about the copied content.

    Just now I used this tool to find the duplicate content of my beauty blog, it shows 40% of matched content in 163 sources. Hope that some actions to be taken to prevent this. I never copied, will always update my blogs with own words in unique style.

    Thanks for sharing this, hope it would help many bloggers to find “Where the contents are stealing”.
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    • praveen says:


      Twitter:
      Nirmala – Glad you could find this tool useful, no need to worry on first glance on seeing 40% match, since most of them are in known sources, you will need to filter down further and see if there is exactly a match with an unknown website or blog.

      There are many times when you are unaware of “similar” content on other blogs and that may lead to such duplications.

      This tool certainly provides us a way to keep tab of such things.
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  5. Matt Hayden says:


    Twitter:
    Looks like an excellent tool. There’s another one that does something similar called Copyscape. Good to have those badges on blogs. Makes many scrapers think twice.

    Very annoying to have your content ripped off, and you should do as much as possible to stop it from happening. But I do think that Google is getting better at detecting whose is the original version.
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    • praveen says:


      Twitter:
      Matt – Welcome to my blog and glad you liked this article.

      Yes, we must surely keep a check on content being copied, though it may be not as easy as it sounds. Having those badges might make one think twice before copying, but not a fool=proof mechanism for sure.

      I will surely check with Copyscape and see how the tool performs, we need more and more of such tools to make our blogs free from duplications and from content-snatchers.

      Have a great week ahead.
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