Outsourcing & Plagiarism Checkers

Plagiarism is often discussed in the context of other people stealing your content, but today I am going to look at it from another perspective, ensuring that the content you create or have created for you is looked on as being unique.

It is strange that the new service I am going to talk about today, iPlagiarismCheck is actually being marketed to a totally different audience, students and teachers, than the one I focus on, internet and niche marketing, but there is a high chance I have a lot of readers who are going to jump on this service as soon as they hear about it.

Yes students have a lot to worry about, they might fail their courses if they are caught for plagiarism but I think this software is going to excel for internet marketers and niche marketers who are outsourcing content creation.

How Relevant Is iPlagiarismCheck To My Readers?

I suppose the proof is in the eating – I just bought a 1 year subscription

2Checkout.com Order Number 9999999999 (this was a 10 figure order number)

Contents of your purchase:
Product ID : 4
Vendor Product ID : SUPER-SAVER (All documents processed on URGENT priority)
Product Description: Unlimited Document Submissions for 1-YEAR (US$ 65.00)
Product Name : SUPER-SAVER EDITION Package
Quantity : 1

Total : 33.66 ( GBP )

Billing Information
Andrew L Beard
IP: 83.23.254.103 IP Location: Warsaw ( Poland )
myemailaddress@gmail.com
+48-62-7382438
Keedz Ltd
56 Rookesley Road
Orpington BR54HJ
United Kingdom ( GBR )

Distributed By:
Plagiarism-Checkers, Inc. ( www.iplagiarismcheck.com )

Affiliate Program

I should point out this review was ordered using the facilities in my sidebar, but in my opinion was an extremely smart move, because whilst they might pay $143 for the review, of which I get $130, I dearly wish they had an affiliate program.

They have already gained half of that back from my own purchase of a full year subscription, and if this review doesn’t send them a few more, I will eat my keyboard.

Outsourcers Have The Most To Lose With Copyright Infringement

If you are paying someone to write content for you for an ebook you are marketing commercially, and they decide to “borrow” some content from elsewhere, you could face rather a large bill, especially if something was copied from material where the copyright was registered in the US.

iPlagiarismCheck state on their site

If a plagiarist receives more than $2,500 for copyrighted material, he or she may face up to $250,000 in fines and up to ten years in jail!

Imagine you had hired someone to write an ebook for you from one of the many out-sourcing services and hadn’t taken the time to check their work.

iPlagiarismCheck Isn’t The Same As Copyscape

Copyscape has all kinds of fancy features such as an API that can be used to process documents, and probably at this time has a more refined, but at the same time totally different online interface.

To test out iPlagiarismCheck I sent them a 60 page ebook I knew contained some sections that were almost identical to some content you can find on the web.

The report I received back was a single long page with direct hyperlinks from within the text to the site the content was potentially copied from.

Some information is lost in this situation currently because if the content appears on multiple sites, only one instance appears.

I should also note that with the current interface every phrase isn’t highlighted within plagiarised text. That is a little confusing for those used to Copyscape “highlighting” of every word. The interface is designed currently for teachers and students, thus they wouldn’t necessarily need to know each individual word that needed detection.
The system noted that around 3% of the document I submitted were thought to be plagiarised, and that corresponded with the 2 pages of the 60 page PDF, even though not every word was linked.

What is important however is if you are dealing with content that has been copied from multiple sources, some of it legitimately, such as public domain, then this gives you an advantage.

Imagine the results you would obtain from Copyscape if you uploaded a 400 page ebook that was supposedly meant to be either original work, or sourced from public domain material.

I can imagine the results would be fairly noisy, and it would be difficult to spot where each text fragment actually came from.

Hopefully they are going to be able to offer listing multiple sources for each fragment, so you can determine the original source such as a .gov site, or Wikipedia. (I have been assured that they are detecting far more than is currently displayed)
I can already imagine some fancy AJAX/CSS solution to pull in a list of all occurrences of a text fragment.

Cost

On surface value, for limited use, some people might think that Copyscape is better value, but you have to take into account how Copyscape works, and how much time you might spend sifting through results for a huge document.

iPlagiarismCheck isn’t providing core Copyscape features such as protecting your website content, they are focusing on ensuring the content you create, submit to examining boards, or just publish on your website, or for sale in various forms isn’t going to get you in trouble.

The minimim purchase for Copyscape Professional is $5 (100 credits) but a single search might use multiple credits (I believe it is 1 credit per 2000 words)

I think $65 for unlimited use for a year is a bargain for anyone actively creating content using outsourcers. You might be able to risk using cheaper writers.

If you are creating content for others, you would probably be allowed to provide a link to the plagiarism report you submitted yourself as proof that you are creating quality work.

Working With I Plagiarism Check

It is a new site, it seems they have concentrated more on their back end systems (detection) than the front end, which for some people might make it more or less convenient.

There is no instant result processing currently, and maybe never will be. They have a form to submit documents to be processed after you have registered with them, but for some customers the ideal method of communication is email.

You send them an email with your 2Checkout receipt number in the title, and attach the document you want processed. The document is then added to their processing queue, and after a period of time depending on your subscription level, you are sent a notification back.
It only takes a few minutes to receive a result even if it is a 60 page document.

If you are someone who automates some of your tasks with email templates, this is just so easy to use. Just attach a document with all the content you need checked, and send it to them.

A little later they send you an email with a link to a report which you can have on file, filter to process when you have time, or even forward directly to someone else to check out.

I should point out that the interface as depicted on their demonstration page isn’t currently available, and is certainly subject to change.
I would look on this site as still being in beta, even though the back end technology works well.

iPlagiarismCheck Future Developments

I have been told by Susan Keisler who is their support rep, and who currently answers emails in great detail directly that there will soon be a much improved interface for “members”, and all kinds of interfaces and ways to upload content.
iPlagiarism are quite new to the marketplace, unlike Copyscape, and Susan informed me that their primary target audiences are students, teachers and researchers as a “people-oriented service”.

I would like to strongly suggest that “Information Marketers” of all kinds should jump on this service as quickly as possible, and help them shape it into a useful tool to help defend your business interests.

Blackhats Beware

Some of the patented technology in this system is, at least on paper fairly impressive, but will take a while to test to see how effective it is.

The things of note include:-

  • Detecting plagiarism in 20 other languages – I actually asked for clarification on this, the system can detect if someone has taken work written in English, and translated it into French, or vice versa
  • Synonyms – replacing words, and even changing word order can be detected

Private Label Rights

This isn’t very suitable for checking whether private label rights articles or manuscripts are “safe” to use, unless you are a site owner and have commissioned original work.
Not long after content is made available, in theory it would be on 100s of websites which would pollute results.

It might be suitable for checking whether articles you have rewritten, adding your own content and “voice” are appropriate for use on your own sites, but I would never advocate then syndicating such articles to article directories.

This is a good example of how technology improvements have a way of catching up with indiscretions, and even though you might have been able to slip things through in the past, eventually the “plagiarism CSI” will get you.

Conclusions

I am going to include the exact link text that was requested in the review request interface. I normally gain written confirmation that I don’t have to include specific linking, but in this case in some ways it is appropriate because they are looking for buzz, and to be honest this is a “buzz” kind of link, and offers very little SEO benefit so I stuck a nofollow on it.
Then I did a little keyword research and the result is the “SEO useful” second link – that one is an editorial bonus, I am happy with my purchase.


iPlagiarismCheck.com – Click here to visit us today!
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Fun Powertip: take an ebook you have purchased or downloaded and see how much of the content was original, or where it was sourced from.

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Comments

  1. says

    It had never really occured to me that the person outsourcing the work would face the penalties. With that in mind (and those huge fines!) it makes NOT investing in one of these checkers seem silly :)

    What seems especially promising is the synonym checker that looks for different words meaning the same thing or different word order. Usually when I ‘manually’ use Google to find scrapers or copyists I would, of course, miss such things.

    • says

      If you are trying to find people who have copied your work, I think currently the Copyscape interface is better.

      It is when you have 100 articles you just paid someone $10 each to write, or a whole ebook needs checking that this service might come into its own.

      There are a few tools which use the Copyscape API that I have seen, and some sites have their own custom solutions maybe using Copyscape or one of the larger institutional services, but I can’t think of anything easier than emailing a Word document, or a zip file full of articles, and a few minutes later having a full report with direct links through to where content might have been sourced.

  2. says

    Great stuff Andy. I came across the site few days ago, but really was wondering if there would be a use for some one other than a student…

    If I was the only reader of your blog you would have to keep the promise and eat the keyboard.. lol you have to love it.

    The benefit of not having a good command of English is that no one cares to steal my stuff. :)

  3. Lynn Florence says

    Hi, I had a chance to use their services recently for checking my term paper before submission. The detection was accurate and the report was informative, and probably saved me from a lot of trouble from my university. Thanks guys!

    • says

      Tom I would say defending against that kind of plagiarism is more a Copyscape function with their sentry service, but that becomes quite expensive.

      The best way to deal with people using your content isn’t to fight it, but take advantage of it by including lots of deep links in your content, and be careful to block any trackbacks from the scrapers.

      In my experience most of the scrapers actually send trackbacks hoping to get links, and a good number actually give real links, and although they are low quality links, it is still useful.

  4. Dave Cronley says

    Thanks for that post.
    I was looking for a service that would do exactly what they do since long time. Indeed the price is low.
    Seems to be an essential tool that everybody should use who is publishing anything on the net.
    I will test it definitely.

  5. says

    It sounds like a very interesting service and I’m going to have to give it a look. However, I’m pretty much inherently skeptical of all plagiarism checkers. I’ve found that hmost are products of convinience, not practicality. This one though, with its translation and synonymn checking tools might be more useful.

    Still, new tools are being developed all the time and, right now, I know of at least two companies that are going to enter this market on behalf of bloggers. There might be a third.

    This is a very rapidly evolving field.

    Thank you for the information!

    • says

      Johnathan those would really be competitors for Copyscape’s alert service which takes things from the other direction.

      I see value in Copyscape’s service for people with high value content, such as lawyers protecting their licensing on terms of service, and copywriters defending their direct response sales pages and advertising copy.

      I can’t see value in defending blog posts against plagiarism through such active measures other than worst offenders who have enough search engine authority to grab SERPs if syndicated content is indexed and monetized.

      It is far better to try to benefit from 3rd party syndication of your content than try to fight it.

      I tried in vain several months ago to encourage some way to prevent sharing in Google reader for copyrighted works, and the ‘sphere was almost universally against it.

      If the big guys are providing tools that enable syndication without any controls, it is something that is impossible to fight.

  6. says

    I think this tool will truly pay off for professors some time in the future as I am aware that many could care less about a tool of this sort at the present moment. Even though the functionality as pointed out in the blog seems very impressive considering that it targets words that are similar to the original but most professors are able to judge the source of a paper by reading a few works from the same student, if it is not authentic it looses consistency and will never achieve to be parallel to the previous writing pattern.

  7. says

    This product makes a lot of sense. I get articles outsourced from a couple of people. In the beginning I used to upload the articles and check each of them via copyscape. But I soon lost the enthusiasm to do that. Now they get published without any check. There was a vacuum for a product of this sort and I’m glad its been filled.

  8. says

    There was also a service out of Florida, I think it was Sentinel or something that I spoke to the CEO of a while back. It was also a great idea to stop plagiarism.

  9. says

    I’ve looked into a few services like this, but I’m not entirely sure I’d need it for a while.

    My topics tend to share common data with widely-read news stories, so I’m bound to get flagged by these types of services.

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