How can I check my website and blog for duplicate content? don’t worry!! my series on duplicate content issues, causes and solutions have been highly beneficial to most readers. One thing you should know is that if you are running a news website or an entertainment website, your readers will only take you serious for a professional if the contents are original and not duplicated.
The issue of duplicate content is a scar and it is one of the factors that can actually trigger a Google penalty on one’s blog and website. According to my earlier post on this issue, the following are summary of what can cause duplicate issues on your blog and website:
- Content Syndication through RSS and feeds
- Meta description issues caused by theme template and SEO plugins tools ( e.g. wordpress SEO plugin by Yoast)
- A non-original duplicate content post from guest bloggers
- Canonical URL issues e.g. choice of index between www and non-www version of your site; and also its posts/pages
- Duplication of same content ( usually continuation of previous post with same titles and description) caused by pagination
- A non consistent internal linking structure
- Similar content on main post page, full version on homepage and archive pages
Signs to show you are suffering from duplicate content penalties
The following tips will give you an idea that your blog and website are suffering from Google penalties ( technically termed Google Panda)) caused by duplication;
- Check and notice if it takes time before Google indexes your blog and site post ( this is very important, Google should be able to crawl and add any new post from your blog within 3 hours of publishing it)
- Study if there is a sharp drop in traffic ( from Google) from your Analytics account
- Check Google search if you are no longer ranking for what you used to rank for
- Check Google search if you see another site or blog ranking for your keywords with your original content
I have listed out five (9) essential tools that will help you out:
- Small SEO Tools
As at April 1, 2016; this is the best tool ( its completely free) that I recommend. You can use other tools I mentioned below for more accuracy:
- Google Webmaster tools
This should be the first tool you should rely on, it is absolutely free to use; this free tool from Google typically reveals to you duplicate content issues coming from:
- Meta description
- Meta tag description
- Duplicate title description
- Virante Tools
Virante is an online application that scans through your website and blog to check if there are any internal duplicate content of your posts. A visit to the website reveals that the tool does and supply you the following information.
- Google cache check
- Similarity check
- 404 check
- default page check
- www/non-www header check
- PageRank Dispersion Check
I ran a test of a website and a sample of the result is displayed above:
This tool has six distinct advantages to other tools displayed on this page; aside its ease of use, the mentioned factors includes:
- It scans all website links over the overall internet globe within the blinking of an eye ( with blistering speed)
- The tool gives you comparison of collected/stolen data from sources detected
- Not only this, it tells you the degree and amount of plagiarism
- It checks the links where the phrase or article has been taken from and present them to you; this enables you to easily review your content and know exactly where to edit and/or update.
- It allows up to 1500 words in its search box
- Not only this, it also allows scanning of details from an uploaded Microsoft word or notepad file
Recommendation: Check it out at: http://plagiarism-checker.me/
- Xenu Duplicate content checker
Xenu is a free downloadable application created by Tilman Hausherr; to use Xenu, You have to download and install the application. Xenu works incredibly well, it scans your entire website and gives you an updated table with the result; you just have to sort through the table and check for identical titles.
The above tips, methods and tools are basically helpful to check for internal duplicate content of your blog posts; what about plagiarism?
I mean scrapers and thieves that literally steals your content and publish on their own blogs. What about ways and measures to safeguard against a non-original content for your guest post campaign?
Anyway, the following strategies and tools will be of candid help.
Copyscape is the industry standard watchdog on checking for duplicate content of your articles. Copyscape has proven to be highly effective and efficient in tackling plagiarism and stopping content scrapers and thieves. The only downside to the use of Copyscape is that its free version is limited, which means to enjoy the services, you need to buy the product.
Highly recommend if you care about original content and want to detect duplicated content of your articles.
Plagspotter is an efficient free checker of original and stolen content. All you have to do is to insert the URL of a particular post, and the system automatically scans the entire web looking for duplicated samples.
I highly recommend you give it a try
Another free tool to check your blog for duplication, simply copy and paste the text in the provided box and the system will scan through to tell you the authenticity and/or whether it is original.
Check it out: http://smallseotools.com/plagiarism-checker/
- Duplicate content checker from Webconfs
I highly recommend that you make use of this free tool, very easy to use, and it gives the superior result.
Over to you – Feedback and Suggestions
Have I missed out on something? do you know of any free tools? Please, kindly share your thoughts through the comment section below. Your input will be valuable to my esteemed readers.