Check plagiarised content with Plagtracker & Plagspotter

Tracking plagiarized content from one’s blog and websites has never been an easy and smooth affair. Plagtracker, a new plagiarism checking tool wants to change that. Plagtracker

The checking algorithm developed by two Ukrainian computer science graduates scans the web and academic papers for duplicates of your content. At the end of the scan, it throws up a list of all the sources where your content shows up.

The site shows copied content through highlighted text and one can click the highlighted part to know where else the content appears.

Plagtracker has a free and a premium model. With a $14.99 unlimited subscription, you get unlimited checks and features like file upload and instant reports. With a pay per check subscription, you could pay $1 per check. The premium version is 3x faster, says Plagtracker.

The free version puts you in a queue if you are performing multiple checks and sends you a report on your e-mail. Its going to take some time before it gets your e-mail. We tried checking some text a couple of times and it worked fine the first time. But on later checks with a free account, it never reached our Inbox.

The algorithm, developed by Svetlana and team,  is also being used to power PlagSpotter, a plagiarism checking tool launched by Devellar, an IT outsourcing company based in Ukraine.

SaaS based PlagSpotter works very simple. To check copied content from your website, you need to feed your website link and the content checking tool gives all the sources that have copied content from the website.

Tools like Copyscape have been used for a long long time to check duplicate content on the web and we couldn’t find too many great differentiators. Ultimately, tracking plagiarism in the era of data deluge is tough and these tools can only help you take some pain out of the process.

PlagSpotterPlagSpotter uses Google’s API on the back-end as well as data from Bing and  is powered by PlagTracker.com. At present, PlagSpotter offers three plans – Guru, Master and Beginner. With Guru editors, news sites or SEO manager can check 50 urls with email notification report. Guru costs $ 49 per month subscription fee.

One of the problems with PlagSpotter is that if you feed a link in, it checks every word on the link against online content. Often, standard elements on a website like “Home,” and “Privacy Policy” show up as duplicate content. Overall, this is a good v.1 for a product but with scope of a lot of improvement.

Remember, most tools only show you duplicate content. It is still up to you to figure out what is fit to be called plagiarised. For instance, two reports might have the same content but if one report has cited the other with references, you can’t really call it plagiarised.

For bloggers, journos and writers, PlagSpotter offers a Master plan, which enables them to check 25 links every week with email notification report. Master plan costs $ 25 monthly subscription fee.

Do give Plagtracker and Plagspotter a spin and let us know what you think.