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Plagiarism Checkers And Why You Should Use One
Plagiarism is something Google frowns upon so if you want your hub to be earning money for you, it would be a good idea to have it checked for plagiarism. ‘Me plagiarise? No way!’ However, even though you might feel confident that your work is totally original and nothing you write will be found anywhere in cyberspace, it could just happen that something you quote, some sentence you write, some lyrics you include could show up as plagiarism. You don’t have to get het up about it – no one’s out to make your life miserable. Whatever you’ve included in your hub could show up as plagiarism simply because the software that trawls all writing in cyberspace happened to see the similarity with another piece of writing that exists in the virtual world.
So what do you do about it? You put it through a plagiarism checker, that’s what. And you tell yourself that if anything does come up, it could be a case of great minds thinking alike. And then, you go change that bit because that’s the only way you are going to be okay going into Googlesphere. There are a number of plagiarism checkers on the Internet and all you need to do is Google the term and you’ll get a whole list. Some of them are paid sites, some free. Let me take you through the two I use. One’s free, the other’s a paid site but this hub is going to show you how you can use both of them for free.
The first one is the free site called Dupli Checker and here’s where you’ll find it.
This is how you use it. After you’ve finished writing your hub, copy it and paste it in the space provided. Then click Search. Follow the instructions in the screenshot below and it will take you to the next screenshot. You need to get a result where every sentence is clear.
Now go publish your hub and after you’re done, click on the URL of your hub. Then open another tab on your browser and go to this site.
Paste your URL in the space provided and click. You’ll get a result – if it’s all clear, no worries, your hub’s fine. If it isn’t, go change the bits that have showed up and put the URL through Copyscape again. What you’re doing now, is to be doubly sure that nothing in your hub can be found anywhere else said in exactly the same way. You can check my other hub on how to rewrite for the Internet.
Copyscape also has a paid account and if you are serious about your hubs, you might want to join up. Their Premium membership costs hardly anything – you get one search for 5 cents. You can pay by Credit Card – and they also accept PayPal now. A paid search is much deeper and you get many more results. If you were to click on each result, it will take you to the site where you can find the same phrase/sentence/paragraph.
With a paid membership, you could put your hub through Dupli Checker first, then through Copyscape. In the paid option of Copyscape, you can copy-paste your matter into the space as shown. If you are writing more than one hub, then put them all together, one after the other up to 2000 words. So if one hub is 650 words approximately, you can get 3 hubs in for 5 cents! Then go build your hubs and publish them with no worries.
So what do you do if you want to quote extensively from a book, a poem or a song? Now that’s a subject for another hub – coming soon.