I use Copyscape as a plagiarism detector of purchased articles meant to be published in my blogs. Free plagiarism check is available at Copyscape, but you need to purchase credits if you are serious about plagiarism detection so you don’t end up publishing duplicate content. You’d wonder why professional article writers would ever provide duplicate content, jeopardizing their credibility. Accepting simultaneous assignments and projects might be the first reason that comes in my mind, but as an administrator I find it extremely disturbing to pay for articles, that is far from original. And I’m not talking about 10 or 20% of the text  having being copied by other sources. I just paid for an article that hit 92% in the online plagiarism checker!

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I normally check for plagiarism right before the publishing of a recently purchased article. However, several writers have earned my trust through long time partnership, and I used Copyscape periodically, since I didn’t want to spend credits on trustworthy articles. Not that credits are that expensive. It costs about $0.05 for plagiarism check up to 2,000 words, so the budget won’t get hurt. Yet, after forty-four 100% original submitted articles by this particular provider, it never crossed my mind that the final article would be 92% copied from another website! The plagiarism check was done this morning, while the article was sent to me on Friday, when our partnership ended after 2 months of excellent co-operation.

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It’s not the first article though that fails in plagiarism detection. Quite a few article providers have occasionally sent me originals that weren’t 100% original. I really don’t have a problem when up to 10% of the text is pasted by another website. I do have an issue though when that is the case for all submitted articles, although a simple warning of terminating the deal is sufficient to get the writer back on track. Obviously I know that cheap articles will be mostly rewritten articles, combining several paragraphs from other respectable posts. The thing is the articles for finance don’t come cheap, if you want quality articles. Otherwise, you’ll be better hiring authors from Asia than doing business with expensive Europeans and Americans. At least in that case you get 3 articles in the price of one! Surely the online plagiarism detector such as Copyscape must work overtime, but you get what you pay for. And when you pay a respectable amount of money, you expect top quality articles.

You can do some free plagiarism checks at Copyscape or other plagiarism software to find out if the content of your blog has been copied to another website. If that is the case, you’d better contact the blog’s administrator and nicely request either for a link back to the original article, or removing the copied material. If you are looking for purchasing original articles for your blog though to help it rank better at certain keywords, free plagiarism detection is out of the question.