Outsource article writing best practices? How to avoid plagiarism? How to audit an article writer?

by kuku
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I'm trying to figure an effective way to avoid article spinning / plagiarism.

I've read that some people here offer proof-reading services. That's good to assure content quality, but what worries me is spinning / plagiarism.
This thread / question is about content uniqueness, not about content qulity.

With all due respect to writers around here, I guess some do spin existing content.
Even if done on small scale, this can greatly hurt once G decides your content is unworthy. I'd like to minimize (actually avoid) that risk, while still consuming that kind of service - after all I'd like to scale.

So if you outsource article writing - how do you do that?
How do you make sure your content is UNIQUE?
#article #audit #avoid #outsource #plagiarism #practices #writer #writing
  • Profile picture of the author RickyDee
    Hi KuKu.

    I personally use.iwriter.com and ineedarticles.com. Once I receive my articles I test them at copyscape.com which searches the whole of the web for duplicate content. If it does not find it its not there!
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  • Profile picture of the author SEO Power
    Originally Posted by kuku View Post

    I'm trying to figure an effective way to avoid article spinning / plagiarism.

    I've read that some people here offer proof-reading services. That's good to assure content quality, but what worries me is spinning / plagiarism.
    This thread / question is about content uniqueness, not about content qulity.

    With all due respect to writers around here, I guess some do spin existing content.
    Even if done on small scale, this can greatly hurt once G decides your content is unworthy. I'd like to minimize (actually avoid) that risk, while still consuming that kind of service - after all I'd like to scale.

    So if you outsource article writing - how do you do that?
    How do you make sure your content is UNIQUE?
    What you need is an account at copyscape.com. Whenever you receive an article from a writer, run it through copyscape to check it's uniqueness. Copyscape will tell you how unique it is.
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  • Profile picture of the author bennie07
    What they said... Copyscape.
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  • Profile picture of the author kuku
    Copyscape - note taken. Any other method?
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Ray
    Someone beat me to it already, but Copyscape is one of the best tools out there if you are going to have articles written for you in my opinion.
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  • Profile picture of the author cashbiz
    Hi KuKu,
    there are several free websites that will check your articles for plagiarism individually.
    Here are some links:
    Plagiarism Checker
    Plagiarism Checker - Free Online Software For Plagiarism Detection
    Copyscape Plagiarism Checker - Duplicate Content Detection Software

    Hope it helps
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    • Profile picture of the author wordwizard
      Yes, copyscape is the way to go.

      You should know that you'll need the paid version so you can copy and paste the article in question into their field and then run the search.

      The good news: It's just 5 bucks for 100 searches!
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  • Profile picture of the author kuku
    Wow, they RULE that niche uh... I've tried them, and I see that they give a score in percentage, as expected..

    Now the question is: Which percent do you consider a "duplicate"? Or should I say, G considers as a duplicate?
    Because if and when I validate an article I bought - I need to understand the numbers.
    So, for example, 50% is considered a duplicate? 30%?

    I guess it's not written in stone, but still I need to get an idea.

    By the way - thank you all! You rock!
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    • Profile picture of the author Bjarne Eldhuset
      Here is the link to a 2013 test of many plagiarism detection tools, including Copyscape:
      Softwaretest 2013 « Plagiats Portal
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    • Profile picture of the author Brant
      Originally Posted by kuku View Post

      Wow, they RULE that niche uh... I've tried them, and I see that they give a score in percentage, as expected..

      Now the question is: Which percent do you consider a "duplicate"? Or should I say, G considers as a duplicate?
      Because if and when I validate an article I bought - I need to understand the numbers.
      So, for example, 50% is considered a duplicate? 30%?
      Hi Kuku,

      It's not quite as simple as just noting the percentage. You then need to check whether or not the so-called duplicate content:

      1) Is in the form of a properly cited quote.
      2) Is a factual list (such as numerical measurements) that really cannot be written in any one-of-a-kind way.
      3) Is a re-phrased factual description that cannot be changed much without losing accuracy.

      All of the above is acceptable and should not be considered plagiarism.

      The best way to avoid plagiarism and article spinning is to not be a cheapskate. Pay your writers well so that they have an incentive to do quality, original work. If you think that you can get away with paying someone $0.01 US per article (or less than that if they're Indian) and expect good quality then you're a fool. Your chosen writer should be getting paid a minimum of $0.04 US per word. And anyone who disagrees with that doesn't know the difference between good writing and a pile of manure.
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by Brant View Post

        Your chosen writer should be getting paid a minimum of $0.04 US per word. And anyone who disagrees with that doesn't know the difference between good writing and a pile of manure.
        I don't really disagree with this at all ... but at the same time, it always helps to bear in mind, in "How to employ article-writers" discussions here, that different people have very different ideas about what an "article" is, according to how they plan to use it.

        To some people, an article is simply a "chunk of unique, keyword-rich text to which a backlink can be attached". Those article-buyers don't actually need a writer at all: they just need someone who can assemble chunks of unique, keyword-rich text to which backlinks can be attached.

        It doesn't actually help their businesses, of course, but they don't know that, and there is a market for such "products". It's a constantly-changing market, because the businesses of people buying those "articles" don't survive for the long-term, which also means that the article-suppliers (let's not call them "writers"?) for those products are inevitably the ones continually advertising for new customers, on Fiverr or wherever, because the ones they have don't last!

        From the perspective of article-writers (which I used to be, myself, at one time), customers whose primary concern is "uniqueness as far as Google's concerned", rather than quality and the ability to interest, target and qualify potential customers, are not much of an asset.

        In all the time that I was selling article-writing services, I never once mentioned "uniqueness" or "Copyscape" at all ... and neither did my clients.

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  • Profile picture of the author Jeffery Moss
    SmallSEO has a plageurism checker that you could use. I have used their free service several times and it can accurately pick up copied phrases so you will know if the person is using spun content or similar content.
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  • Profile picture of the author Caitlinz
    You can use copyscape to check out the articles. In case you are doubt them for spinning, just verify articles before you receive yourself. With 2-3 articles you can find the quality of the writer.
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    If you hire writers from this forum, you can check their reputation before getting them to write articles for you. None of us would risk our reputations by doing material that is copied from elsewhere.

    I run the articles I write through Copyscape to ensure I haven't accidentally copied anything. I look for 100% uniqueness.
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