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Top 4 Plagiarism Tools That Can Efficiently Locate The Stolen Content

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plagiarismGoogle dealt a severe blow to the digital marketing world in February 2011 by launching Panda which is a search engine ranking algorithm. This algorithm specifically concentrated on duplication and plagiarism issues that had been troubling many genuine content sites. The Panda knocked out many websites and blogs with plagiarized content. Therefore, an SEO expert needs to take the duplication and plagiarism issues more seriously in the present and future to avoid the same fate for their websites and blogs. The Panda algorithm has made it obvious that duplicate and plagiarized content is not tolerated and can be penalized by Google. There are several factors that can cause duplication issues for your webpages and they are as follows-

  •  Syndication of content through RSS feeds and sharing on social media.
  • Usage of theme templates and SEO tools can lead to similarities in Meta descriptions.
  • Guest bloggers submit plagiarized or duplicate content, therefore extreme caution is necessary while accepting guest blogs.
  • Due to pagination constraints, the blog post needs to be continued on to the next page or post and thus same titles are applied which can cause duplication of title.
  • Similar content on main blogpost/webpage, longer version on homepage and similar version in archives.

If your website or blog is taking time to get crawled and indexed by search engines, typically more than 3 hours then it could be a case of plagiarism. If you are experiencing a significant decrease in traffic and the website or blog is no longer ranking for the keywords,  then Google might have found duplicate content. Do not be disheartened if you find your website going down in rankings, as help is at hand. There are several tools to check duplicate or plagiarized content. Check out the following top 4 plagiarism tools that can efficiently locate the stolen content and also help you to detect any similar content creeping into your blogs and websites.

1. Google Webmaster

When in doubt just Google! This couldn’t have been more apt, Google does really have all the answers. Check out the tools provided in Webmaster to check duplicate content. This free tool allows you to check duplicate content from the title description, Meta and Meta tag descriptions. It is also easy to find copied pages with the help of Google Webmaster tools reports. These specific reports can be found under Search appearance – HTML improvements tab. You can access several reports under this tab. Select the report that you need and then check the results and find out the copied content in your website. Google webmaster tools can also be used to find out duplicate content issues that have been caused by Technical problems like URL, pagination and RSS feeds. Finding plagiarized or duplicate H1’s can help in identifying carelessly copied pages with exact same content as the original. Thus Google webmaster tools can easily find out a variety of duplication issues which can be analysed and corrected easily. As this tool is easy to use and widely accepted, it is highly recommended that you check out this tool before you opt for other tools.

2. Virantevirante

If you want to check duplicate content in the internal pages then Virante is one of the easiest and best tools available online. Virante is an application tool that scans content available in websites and blogs to find out duplicate content if any. This tool diagnoses commonly found duplicate content issues in www vs non-www websites. The tool checks the headers of both versions, the cached current content on google and the dispersed PR if any. Tool also checks default page errors where there is return 200/ok headers error page.  Tool also checks 404 page errors and supplemental pages in Google index.

3. Plagiarism Checker

This is one of the most advanced tools for checking plagiarism, but it is simple to operate. It has several advantages over the other tools available online to check plagiarism. The speed with which the tool checks the website links present all over the internet is outstanding. The sheer number of links on the internet can be overwhelming for any tool, but not for this one. The tool provides a comparative account of all the plagiarized and duplicate content along with highlighting the relevant parts from the detected sources. The tool also gives the amount of plagiarism done by a webpage or blog. The tool checks all the links, similar phrases and words in the duplicate content and presents them to you. The tool allows you to check the plagiarism for your content with a word limit of up to 1,500 words at a time. They also have a feature where you can upload an MS Word file for checking plagiarism.

4. Xenu Duplicate Content Checker

It is an application that can be downloaded and is free to use. After installing the application all you need to do is provide the website and it will scan the entire website for plagiarized and duplicate content. It will give you the results in a tabulated form to help you classify similar titles and content. Xenu also analyses links on a website and determines whether they are functional or broken and provides a report accordingly. This software’s tabulated results are an excellent way to easily find out similar content. If the Xenu result spreadsheet reveals two links with many similar words then it is better to check those links for plagiarism as there is a high probability that they contain plagiarized content.


Plagiarism on the internet is rampant and not acceptable. It is easy to catch content thieves and hold them accountable. Duplicating content or plagiarizing is not worth the effort as it can have legal consequences if you continually break copyright laws. With the above mentioned 4 tools you can effectively keep a check and safeguard your content from content thieves who are trying to pass off your original content as their own. Never take a backseat on holding content thieves accountable, it is better to stand up and take action to safeguard your authorship rights, this will not only help your content to be highly ranked but also help the Internet to remain free from the evils of an unethical practices of duplicate content.

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