Duplicate content is a term related to writing on the web that already exists somewhere else on the web. It’s a familiar thing to plagiarism, if you’ve ever taken college classes.
If the professor finds out that you plagiarized the work you will get an F and fail the class. Similarly with Google, if they find out that you copied somebody else’s website content you will get penalized and will not rank as well in Google search.
This is why it’s so important to have unique content on your website!
Often times business owners are too busy to write their own content, so they hire writers to do so. This is a good idea to get content done, however, how do you know that these writers are not just copying and pasting from other websites rather than actually writing the content?
Well it’s a good question to ask and in this article today I’m going to show you some ways to figure out whether the content is original or not. The first method is to copy a piece of the article or the whole article and paste it in Google search and see if any results come out.
This is the very first step I would recommend doing, however it’s not always the most accurate way to go. The next step I would recommend is going to a website called CopyScape and putting the URL of the page for the article in that and running the search query.
It will pull up any results of websites that match that exact same content. It’s a free tool, but they do offer a premium service if you are inclined to be doing a lot of writing for the web and need to use the tool often.
I find the free version works pretty well. Between using Google search and CopyScape, I can usually within 90% accuracy find out whether something is duplicate content or not.
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