How to check online plagiarism of your content

Plagiarism has been plaguing English literature on the internet and the real world alike since ages. Its high time now that we spread awareness about methods and techniques to catch the plagiarists who blatantly copy your work online. The importance of this can never be overstated, and it is a required step in the interests of sincere and creative writers who tirelessly produce digital content.

Step-1: Find plagiarism using a simple google search.
The copycats who brutally show your work as theirs, are unaware that the same search tools that they use to find lucrative content to plagiarise, can be used to track them too! To detect plagiarism of your work, simply do a google exact search using an SIP (Statistically Improbable Phrase), which is a random sequence of 12-15 words that is unique to your work or content. For instance, in order to check whether this article has been plagiarized, I will enter the below text in the Google search engine:

"which is a random sequence of 12-15 words that is unique to your"

Its quite possible that while performing the above search, Google might show you the below message:

“In order to show you the most relevant results, we have omitted some entries very similar to the 1 already displayed. If you like, you can repeat the search with the omitted results included.”

Yes, perform this repeat search too as there obviously is more content matching this text. It is quite probable that it belongs to a page in your own site, but just make sure.

In addition to this, you may use the below online tools and websites to help you with plagiarism detection:

http://www.copyscape.com
http://plagium.com
http://google.com/alerts
http://fairshare.cc

Step-2: Track and contact the plagiarist.
Once you come to know that your work has been plagiarized, the next logical step is to contact the plagiarist and ask him questions. In most cases, you get his email id or any other way to contact from his website itself. Usually, all that is required is a direct email to him stating your wants explicitly. These could be:

(1.) Immediate withdrawal of the copyrighted material.
(2.) An attribution to your website/organization.
(3.) A contact.

Step-3: Track and contact the host.
If you were unable to contact the plagiarist or did not receive a response from the plagiarist, you may then proceed to the next step which is finding his web-hosting company or host. This is could be a domain-registrar or an ISP (Internet Service Provider) who may respond to your queries and also shut down the plagiarist's website.

Below are some online tools to help you track the host by entering the plagiarist's website url:

http://whoishostingthis.com
http://whois.domaintools.com

Please spread this awareness to as many sincere writers as possible. We don't want a good writer to stop providing good content due to fear of plagiarism. After all, the web thrives primarily on content.

For more detailed information on the topic of plagiarism, you may like to visit www.plagiarismtoday.com

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