Sep 302012

This guest post is by Kimberly Nilson of

Many of us have faced the problem of dealing with plagiarised content, either while reviewing guest articles by low-quality bloggers, or inadvertently using common phrases in our own writing.

Even the most skilled blogger cannot possibly be familiar with all the pages of content which are already online in a specific niche. When writing about a particular topic, it is very easy to use phrases which are similar to ones used on other sites.

If similar issues are being discussed in the blogosphere, it is not outside the realm of possibility that some similar content may inadvertently appear—even if the work was made by the blogger personally and not copied and pasted from someone else’s site.

For that reason, running a plagiarism check should be part of your standard procedure of checks and balances before accepting work from a blogger. These five online services for blog post plagiarism checking can help you weed out any duplicate content.


Copyscape has the advantage of being easy to use: simply paste in a URL or a section of text you wish to check for plagiarism.

This well-known service charges $0.05 per search. Sign up for an account at the site to get started. You’ll need to buy credits in advance, whether you end up performing plagiarism checks or not.


PlagiarismDetect is a premium service. Signing up is a quick and easy process, and you can check an unlimited number of pages once your account has been set up.

The cost per page is $0.50, and each scan will take a minimum of five to seven minutes to perform. If you are planning to perform a large number of searches, the costs will add up very quickly, so this tool probably isn’t the first choice for the amateur blogger.


ArticleChecker is a free online service which is very simple to use. Simply copy and paste the blog post you wish to check into the text box on the site, or provide the article’s URL and click “Compare.” You can choose to check your text using Google or Yahoo searches. And for extra protection, you can choose to run your search twice, once against each search engine.

If any matched phrases are found, the results will show the number of times that content appears online. While this tool is very easy to use, you have

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