Don’t be a copycat ..use Copyscape

Don’t be a copycat ..use Copyscape

In my last post, we looked at some of the different ways of defining original content that you may not have considered when writing your blogs. I introduced the idea of using Copyscape to ensure that there is no duplication within your posts, and this week we’ll look exactly at how you can use that tool to your advantage.

Copyscape is designed primarily to prevent plagiarism.  Often, websites use it to ensure that no one else has stolen their original content.  It is also a great tool to use as a writer. When I’ve discussed this with other writers in the past,  I’ve received looks like I’m crazy using Copyscape on my own writing – because it should be pretty clear to me whether or not I’ve plagiarized the content.

That may be true, but as we covered last time, there are other definitions of ‘original content’ and if I want to ensure that I meet the criteria for one of those – ensuring there is  ZERO duplication within the content – Copyscape is the best option.

Want to know more about using Copyscape to ensure your content is original ?

To ensure that your content is entirely original and free from any inadvertent duplication, you can follow this procedure in Copyscape:

  • Plug your content into Copyscape – Copy and paste your content into the appropriate text box on the Copyscape site, or use their Premium service to do a batch search that allows you to enter a URL so it can check all content on a site.
  • Get your Copyscape results – Provided you’ve supplied a sufficient amount of content (300 words or more) the tool will provide you with fairly sensitive results. If there is a single sentence that is too similar to something else online, or even just a few words that appear in the same order, Copyscape will highlight them. If you only plug a few sentences into Copyscape, it typically won’t provide such in-depth results.
  • Interpret your Copyscape results – Look closely at which words Copyscape has highlighted. They have no idea whether or not you’ve quoted a source or used quotation marks around a ‘borrowed’ statement. These should not be major areas of concern as strong references can help lend credibility to whatever you’re talking about. You may also find that very simple terms in a sentence are flagged, for example, “and then the man…”  What you should be concerned about are not those results, but instances where slightly more complex sentences are highlighted, like the example I outlined last week: “Withdrawal from painkillers often involves fever, nausea and insomnia.” Identify these issues so that you can address them.
  • Fix the duplication – As I mentioned in the last post, fixing this kind of duplication is simple.  All you need to do is re-order the words or re-phrase the sentence. Of course, you only want to do this if your content was not plagiarized as changing the work enough to slip under the radar brings up a bit of an ethical issue.

Remember, using Copyscape in this manner helps you take the idea of original content to a fairly extreme level. It’s also a great tool to use if you are publishing guest posts on your blog, and want to ensure it is free from plagiarism. You can also use Copyscape to verify that no one else online has stolen the content you’ve placed on your blogs without permission.

33 Comments
  • eqa
    Posted at 22:32h, 23 August Reply

    I agree. Copyscape is very effective. I use it for my own articles to see if anyone in the web has copied my articles or plagiarized it. I was able to catch 2 of my articles being plagiarized and I reported them right away.

  • sapna
    Posted at 03:23h, 24 August Reply

    Thanks for these nice tips to keep the content original when there is a demand for original and quality content to do better on internet. I would also like to share with my friends.

  • Sammy
    Posted at 09:23h, 24 August Reply

    I have using Copyscape for long time. Really great tool. I also suggest to use Copyscape to control your hired freelance content writers because sometimes they are cheating.

  • Mia
    Posted at 06:57h, 24 August Reply

    There are more tools online which can check if your content is original, and i think that this is a great and yet easy way to make sure that your post in unique. After all, we wouldn’t want to upset Google?! 🙂

    • Beth Hodgson
      Posted at 10:39h, 24 August Reply

      There are others, but from what’s been assessed to date, Copyscape seems to be the most accurate!

  • Regaltechniker
    Posted at 07:17h, 24 August Reply

    Thanks for the information, could be quite useful.

  • Andy
    Posted at 02:07h, 25 August Reply

    Copyscape is one of the best, if not the best, out there.

  • Shailja
    Posted at 01:14h, 25 August Reply

    Copyscape tool is very useful for the writers as well as for the companies who hire freelance content writer to test whether the content is original or duplicate. Its really a touchstone for original content.

  • Mel Lifshitz
    Posted at 08:49h, 25 August Reply

    I’m new to this blogging stuff. This Copyscape is definitely very helpful especially to those bloggers whose work are being plagiarized by known online publications.

  • John
    Posted at 10:26h, 25 August Reply

    I require unique content for guest articles on my blog. I use copyscape to verify writers are submitting unique content. It’s simply the best.

  • toii
    Posted at 15:15h, 25 August Reply

    Wow people should be allowed to post other content that may be unique but different worded for others to understand.

  • Anonym
    Posted at 13:58h, 25 August Reply
  • boat loader
    Posted at 05:01h, 26 August Reply

    Is there a way to get past Copyscape and copy the text of a webpage that has it? I’m not looking to plagirize anything, I just want the text for my own information. Need help.

  • Simon
    Posted at 05:09h, 26 August Reply

    Copyscape is great. I use it all the time for the articles I have written over the years. Unfortunately, its fairly easy to beat with a bit of rephrasing (as you indicated in your post). There are companies out there in places like India that spin articles by the thousands just by rearranging the words a bit (sometimes astoundingly little) and then selling them on.

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  • HP Printer Repair
    Posted at 08:16h, 27 August Reply

    Nice tips you got there, my technology related blog article as I have rewritten my articles some blogs just copied/posted to their blog without giving any credits to my blog. I don’t know how to stop them any advice you can give?

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  • Stock Market Blog
    Posted at 18:10h, 27 August Reply

    I use copyscape on reviews written by reviewers on my gaming forum. Used it to catch a guy who copied a 100% of his reviews (it was kind of obvious since he submitted 20 really good reviews in 5-6 days)

    I’ve been using it on my blog to make sure no one else is stealing content.

  • Viral Monopoly Review
    Posted at 10:09h, 28 August Reply

    Copyscape is a great tool and I use it very often to ensure the work carried out by content writers are unique and haven’t been copy & pasted.

  • novles
    Posted at 02:04h, 29 August Reply

    Is a good idea

  • George@Los Angeles DUI Attorney
    Posted at 10:56h, 30 August Reply

    Best thing about this article…: The picture!!!!!awwww kittens…

    no,i’m joking^^

    Copyscape is a great way to check for plagiarism.Thank you for this article!

    have a nice day!

  • Catherine
    Posted at 01:35h, 31 August Reply

    I’ve been using copyscape and so far it is one the most effective tools I’ve used for checking plagiarized content. Of course, I dont want to get slapped by Google for a duplicated content or the like.

  • Amit
    Posted at 19:43h, 31 August Reply

    I was thinking the best way to make sure I have done the due diligence when it comes to content on my blog – and really copyscape looks like a great option.Thanks for sharing.

  • Bassnectar
    Posted at 05:26h, 02 September Reply

    When it comes to tracking content across the Web, Copyscape is, for the most part, the brand name to know.
    The question is how does it stack up and, to measure that, I put the service through a battery of tests, using my well-copied and plagiarized literary works as the measuring stick.

  • Blogger Bodoh
    Posted at 07:58h, 03 September Reply

    i using copyscape !
    But i dont know what for it !

  • kalagondang
    Posted at 07:16h, 05 September Reply

    good blog, thanks

  • betsafe
    Posted at 00:43h, 09 September Reply

    This is very nice article about the info of copy rights and all are doing wrong way to expose their works or expressions to do copy of others its really nice work thanks for this article i like it…

  • Bollywood Wallpapers
    Posted at 06:49h, 09 September Reply

    I always used to checking my blogs, websites or client’s portals with copyscape and it helps me all the time to find copycat

  • WWE Wallpapers
    Posted at 14:43h, 09 September Reply

    Copyscape is one of the best.

  • venkat
    Posted at 05:38h, 12 September Reply

    thanks for the information it is very nice post
    i think copyscape is more effective

  • Dale Green
    Posted at 03:28h, 15 September Reply

    It sound a great tool.I will check it.Thanks for sharing.

  • California Free mls
    Posted at 03:52h, 20 October Reply

    Copyscape specially is very helpful for online writers and teachers who’re worried about their students credibility. Without the help of copyscape its just not possible to manually check if the content have been plagiarized. Also, after both Ezine and Google introduced stricter rules the contents now are fresher, original and of high quality.

  • 17 day diet
    Posted at 12:57h, 09 March Reply

    All i wanna know is how do search engines like google identify if who is the original author of that content or who is the copycat one. like for ex. i wrote a quality article today and there is someone sneaking into my website and waiting for my new post to be published and quickly copy that entire post and put it into there websites. search engines will see that the two contents are published in the same day and time how do they gonna work with that?

  • shuo
    Posted at 01:59h, 08 April Reply

    how i can protect blog to copy someone.

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