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Checking for Duplication and Theft


Copyscape (www.copyscape.com) is an interesting tool that lets you see if anyone has stolen your site content, and to see how closely your content matches other sites; for instance, if you are quoting documents or using syndicated content, the less duplication the better. The concern is that search engines may downgrade pages that they know duplicate other pages, so you donít want your pages to match others too closely.

Enter a URL into Copyscape, and it searches for pages that match the page referenced by the URL, to varying degrees. Copyscape returns the results, and when you click the links youíll see the page with the matching text colored, and, at the top, a Copyscape banner telling you how many words match: 1,803 words, 1,232 words, 83 words, and so on. An interesting little toy; experiment and see.

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