When I occasionally hire writers, I run their content through a plagiarism checker, such as Copyscape. Copyscape is quite inexpensive – only $5 for 100 searches. However, I was curious to see if any other sites similar to Copyscape are out there, and I found some free ones. I am not sure how good they are, but they may be worth looking into and trying.
Why do I use Copyscape?
I don’t want to be paying for content that writers have copied from someone/somewhere else. I also don’t want to be selling content that was someone else’s brainchild. I also don’t want to get into hot water for using someone else’s stuff. It is important to maintain my reputation, integrity, and character, and stay out of legal trouble. Online business is no different than if you owned the Mom and Pop shop at the end of the street. Your core principles of right and wrong should always guide you first.
I have not used all of these five free Copyscape alternatives yet, but they look like some good possibilities. I noticed that a few of them also have upgrade options, but you may find the free versions are all that you need (especially if you only do a check once in a while).
Here is the website where I found these ideas. (IMPORTANT: Give credit where credit is due).
Please let me know (in the comments section below) if you have tried any of these alternatives, and why you may like them better than Copyscape.