How to Check Articles for Duplicate Content

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So I just outsourced some article rewrites and so far I am not to happy.

All the articles are under 500 words. I want to be able to copy the whole article in some software and check the percentage the same/difference.

THanks for your help
#main internet marketing discussion forum #articles #check #content #duplicate
  • Profile picture of the author Marcel Hartmann
  • Profile picture of the author KRA-12
    Thanks for your responses Bruce And Marcel.

    I am not happy because the articles look pretty much the same so far.

    I am trying to save time using the software which I was asking about at first.

    I just found and downloaded Dupe Free Pro. Havent tried it yet, I am about to though.
    Anyone have any experience/tips for this software?

  • Profile picture of the author rapidscc
    What do you mean by "they pretty much look the same"

    Do you mean the articles you hold in your hands are almost the same? If that's the case maybe they spun those articles from a single seed.

    How much did you pay for them anyway?

    All the best..

  • Profile picture of the author Charann Miller
    Do a search for Dupe Cop, it's free and allows you to compare to pieces of text, in other words, 2 articles to compare how similar they are with regards to each other.

    The thing that I'm a bit iffy about in terms of dupe cop is that it compares similarity in terms of exact word matches, however the wording or the content could be completely unique.

    I remember writing a weight loss article then I re-wrote another article from the original, in dupe cop it was 50% similar.

    Now, when I wrote a completely different article, still within the weight loss arena but based around a completely different sub niche and I compared this new article with the unrelated first article, it was still 50% similar.

    So, dupe cop is only a rough estimation but lacks the sensitivity to acknowledge that the content makes it unique. Just because I happened to have "weight loss" terms in common between the 2 completely unrelated articles, it still viewed them as a match.
  • Profile picture of the author kimvalerio05
    Download free software, for you to verify and check your article for duplicate contents.
  • Profile picture of the author Marcel Hartmann
    Your articles all look the same... Do you write the titles for your outsourcers? I've found that specific titles help.

    For instance, your outsourcer may write two articles:
    *** "The 5 Ways to a Flatter Stomach" and
    *** "Ways To Flatten Your Stomach".

    These could contain much of the same information (the former being more structured, though).

    Titles that would guide the information in more distinct directions:
    *** "The 5 Ways to a Flatter Stomach"
    *** "Abdominal Fat: How Habits You Picked Up as a Child Are Costing You NOW"

    I hope this helps...
  • Profile picture of the author markshields
    I have outsourced article writing for a very long time and at the beginning it took me a while to find someone decent who provided me with unique content, I guess sometimes ya gotta keep looking
  • Profile picture of the author KRA-12

    Thanks for all your responses.

    I downloaded Dupe free Pro and I was really impressed with it. I would recommend anyone who reads this thread to try it if you have similar needs.
    It looks as though it has LSI and Keyword Density Features as well.

    The 3 articles he sent had duplicate content percentages as follows:

    Not good. He apologized. And we had some issues and problems at first, but after some heavy PMing we have it resolved. I think...

    He is doing a partial refund and completing the original order.
    He asked for my pay pal to give the partial refund, I gave it to him and he sent it.

    I noticed Pay Pal charged a fee.

    Then I noticed that he could have just issued a partial refund from my original payment.

    Did he do it that way to avoid a fee on his end, and pass the fee to me?

    Marcel That is a usefull tip. Give distinct directions in outsourcing your article rewrites. I like it.
  • Profile picture of the author RGallowitz
    I think copyscape sucks a bit.
    I have a better tool.

    I use or

    Both are free. Plagium returns FAR more accurate results than copyscape.

  • Profile picture of the author babarapho
    Try copyscape, it will show you if your article has duplicate content
  • Profile picture of the author kuzmanin
    I tried - perfect tool
    btw when register in what is the next step. It says that I have to pay 14 USD to use it. Is it free or not?
  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    You are promoting the site in your sig? Oh please.

    Use copyscape premium - it works!
  • Profile picture of the author Bjarne Eldhuset
    I've tried 10+ different plagiarism detection services/sites, both free and paid.

    Each article I purchase, I put through the following procedure.

    - seems to work ok at finding verbatim copies of words/phrases

    - seems to work good at finding verbatim copies + also find out when entire paragraphs or the structure of an article have been "rewritten" = plagiarized. I've had multple cases where plagscan found the source of the plagiarized content where copyscape said everything was ok.

    - seems to work ok at finding verbatim copies of words/phrases, but also gives a lot of false positives for me, so I use it mostly for the great grammar help.

    EDIT: If you want to read more, here is a test of 26 plagiarism detection systems done at the end of 2010 by a professor at a german university:

    They tested the systems from an education point of view, and no system got a better score than "partially useful".

    I realize a lot may have happened since that, but based on that test and my own experience of running 1000+ articles through the three softwares/sites above, I guess I wonder why copyscape so often is mentioned as the industry standard on this forum.
  • Profile picture of the author hassaankhan
  • Profile picture of the author getin2learn
    Originally Posted by KRA-12 View Post

    So I just outsourced some article rewrites and so far I am not to happy.

    All the articles are under 500 words. I want to be able to copy the whole article in some software and check the percentage the same/difference.

    THanks for your help
    With the rewrites, the rewriting engine is only showing how the rewritten article compares to the original one. Most of the time it does not go out to the internet and check for uniqueness ratio comparing with the similar articles that already exist out there. I bet, if anyone would try to achieve 60% or more uniqueness over all currently published and available content, it would have a hard time to get to such number.

    And the next problem, did you check how unique is actually your seeding article? If it's not original and 100% unique, achieving high rate of uniqueness of the rewrite is next to impossible - despite what the rewriting software tells you.

    Last but not least, the % of content uniqueness is not the same as % of spun content. You may achieve a high percentage of spun content, but having such content on the internet may show as not unique enough.

    For checking level of duplicating, all above mentioned tools work good. But.... they are not tools provided by the search engines, and their results may not prove if something is or isn't going to rank due to higher or lower level of uniqueness or dupes.
  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
    Doubtless many will (and do) think me rather pedantic - and I'll plead guilty to that - but it's actually quite an important point, and so widely misunderstood that it is worth mentioning: all of the information in this thread is about checking for "previously published content", not for "duplicate content".

    "Content duplicated" isn't at all the same thing as "duplicate content".

    "Duplicate content", both from Google's perspective and from that of article marketers and content syndicators, means multiple copies of the same content within one domain: content duplicated across domains isn't "duplicate content". Article Marketers – Lay the Duplicate Content Myth To Rest Once and For All - Internet Marketing and Publishing Blog

    I appreciate, of course, that when you've bought an article, and understandably and wisely want to check, before publishing it on your website, that none of it has previously been published, the methods mentioned above are perfectly good and valid ones - but don't imagine that what you're doing, under these circumstances, is any kind of "duplicate content test", because it simply isn't.

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