High-quality and unique content is the currency of the Internet: Articles that readers find useful attract attention and thus links from other websites.
The result: The visibility in search engines increases. This in turn attracts more readers who spend more time on your website. This results in an even better ranking in Google & Co.
It is therefore not surprising that services have been established to protect the valuable content of a website from unauthorized copying and plagiarism.
Ever heard of PlagAware?
PlagAware is a very effective plagiarism checker tool. PlagAware is a rather small provider, but in no way must shy away from the comparison to more well-known services such as CopyScape: In many comparison tests, the search for plagiarism was rated as at least equivalent, often even better.
Reason enough for us to take a closer look at PlagAware – using the specific example of the texts on this website. To be able to use PlagAware, you need to register once for free.
Unfortunately, the registration does not support Google or Facebook accounts, but otherwise runs quickly and without surprises. Inside, the page looks a little dusty, but this does not seem to detract from the functionality.
Let us get started: search for plagiarism on our website
In addition to the direct plagiarism search, which is also aimed at universities and students, PlagAware offers the possibility of continuously monitoring texts on a website.
We are most interested in this feature, so we deposit our domain right away. It is a little annoying that PlagAware forces us to authenticate our website. You can do so by placing a small, personalized text file in the directory of your website (i.e. where, for example, the index.html file can be found).
With this, PlagAware wants to ensure that only own websites are monitored. Overall, a commendable endeavor, but authentication via a metadata tag or a DNS entry would make things easier.
The reward for the effort: The registration of the individual pages of our domain can be fully automated. The default setting simply adds all pages for monitoring while searching for plagiarism on this page.
Here you probably need to tweak settings until the best results are achieved.
Plagiarism or not plagiarism, that is the question
After all settings have been completed, the plagiarism check of our web site is being performed in the background. Soon the first possible plagiarisms will appear and will be listed under the option “Monitored Texts”.
At first glance, it is quite frightening what PlagAware has brought to light in terms of possible plagiarism: Up to 15 sites with duplicate content are reported for individual pages, which is a bit surprising. Clicking on our page allows us to examine the sites in detail.
We randomly select possible plagiarism and look at the result: We have posted a teaser for an article on another page that links to our actual article on our own website. Technically, this is indeed duplicate content and we are committed to revising teaser texts in the future.
But it is not really a plagiarism. We therefore decide not to consider the found text as relevant. PlagAware remembers our decision in its whitelist in order not to warn against this page in the future.
Track plagiarism from websites
The situation is different for many other sites that PlagAware has found when searching for plagiarism: For example, numerous articles from other sites adopted our texts more or less unchanged and displayed them as their own content.
PlagAware offers to continue to monitor these pages while we can contact the operator of the website to request the deletion of the plagiarism. Or at least, to prompt him to link to our original article.
PlagAware also supports this with a simple task management that automatically reminds you to classify new sites and to work on removing plagiarisms on the web.
How much does it cost?
PlagAware has different license models. All plagiarism checks use so-called scan credits; one page of plagiarism check costs one ScanCredit.
For a one-time check or to test the service, we recommend a prepaid plan. Here, you buy ScanCredits that can be kept indefinitely without signing up for a subscription. The cheapest rate is $ 13.99 for checking up to 100 pages.
For continuous monitoring, subscription models are available that start at $ 3.99 a month. For smaller websites, this is completely sufficient and can be recommended without hesitation.
In addition to the paid models, it is possible to test the plagiarism search free of charge. Up to 10 pages are always free, for the regular monitoring of your website the operator requests that you indicate on your website that it is monitored by PlagAware.
Our Assessment of PlagAware
- Excellent detection of plagiarisms from websites
- Extensive setting options
- Automated page capture
- Continuous monitoring of texts
- Quite affordable pricing models
- Can be used free of charge
- Look and feel a bit old-fashioned
- No login with Facebook or Google Accounts
- No plugin for WordPress, Joomla or other CMS
- Domain verification required
- Some training necessary
Is it worth the effort?
This immediately raises the question: Is the whole effort worth it? Probably everyone must decide for themselves. In any case, the plagiarism check can help to detect plagiarism of your website.
In case duplicate content was created out of carelessness, the solution is often amazingly simple. Also, operators of private websites can usually be easily persuaded to reformulate or completely remove the texts.
The situation is different for large crawl farms whose business model consists of capturing websites in a large style and automatically generating “new” content. Probably the only help here is to make it difficult for the crawlers.
Our conclusion: A useful duplicate content checker with small weaknesses
During our test, PlagAware had almost no weaknesses. If you can overlook the somewhat old-fashioned user interface, PlagAware does a very solid job behind the scenes.
A large number of plagiarisms on our website were discovered that were previously unknown to us. On the one hand, this affects self-inflicted duplicate content through abstracts of articles on other websites. Actual plagiarisms were also reliably recognized. Even if we are not going to track every single case, the generated overview is extremely useful.
Our recommendation: Test PlagAware yourself with your own website. We assure you: You will be surprised by what the tool reveals!
Also Read: Grammarly Review
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