Quickly Check Guest Posts and Author Contributions for Plagiarism

Quickly Check Guest Posts and Author Contributions for Plagiarism

Do you have duplicate content on your blog? If you’re the only one that posts content to your blog, then I’m sure that you can confidently answer “no” to that question. However, if you have other contributors and/or accept guest posts, then you just might have duplicate content on your blog – whether you realize it or not.

I regularly accept guest posts on my blog and it’s a pain checking each article for plagiarism and duplication, but it’s also a must. Luckily there’s a WordPress plugin simply called “Plagiarism,” that makes this process much easier and helps to save time.

With Plagiarism for WordPress, you can “check your posts and pages against the Web for inadvertent duplicate content.” Not only does it check the current post that you’re working on, but it’s also extremely useful for checking previously published posts.

For instance, you can go back and see if any of your content has been scraped or copied and posted to another blog or website. You can also see if any of your guest authors have gone back (after a few months or so) and published the same post somewhere else. As you can see, this plugin is a definite lifesaver and best of all it’s really easy to use.

Checking for Plagiarism

When checking your current and previous posts for plagiarism, everything is done from within the post editor; the plugin adds a new meta-box with the title “Plagiarism.”

Check for plagiarism from your WordPress post editor.

Checking your content is as simple as selecting a search source and then clicking on the “Check for Duplicate Content” button. When you do that, it only takes a few seconds for the plugin to check your content paragraph-by-paragraph. The results will be displayed below the meta-box in a color-coded manner. As you’ll read below, each color represents something different.

Results after checking for duplicate content.
View the search results for each link of text in your content.

The amount of text searched at a time can be customized on the Plagiarism Options page. Depending on the “phrase chunk size” that you choose, you may have to click the “Check for Duplicate Content” button a few times until it’s done checking the entire post.

Also, the more phrases you check at a time, the longer it will take to search through it all – you’ll want to be mindful of this when customizing your options.

Tweak the Options

Speaking of options, you can find the Plagiarism Options page under the Settings menu; the sub-menu is titled “Plagiarism.” The color-coded results are explained in more detail here and you can also set your general, search, and proxies options.

Under Search Options you can customize the phrase chunk size, phrase chunk step, query slice size, and query wait time – these are explained in the screenshot below.

Plagiarism WordPress Plugin - Search Options

Under General Options you can choose to have only administrators and editors publish posts with duplicate content; this is a very useful feature for blogs with multiple authors. You can also enable an auto-search feature, so that the plugin will check for plagiarism each time a post is saved.

Plagiarism WordPress Plugin - General Options

You can also exclude domains from your search, such as your own domain or another domain that you may own.

Bringing it All Together

In a nutshell, Plagiarism for WordPress can check your posts and pages for duplicate content – both old and new content. Within seconds, you can check various search engines and see if the entire post was copied or just a few lines. From there you can make the necessary changes or simply reject the post.

Since everything can be done from within your post editor, there’s no need to open any new tabs to check via an external source.

Plagiarism is the first WordPress plugin that I’ve used to check for duplicate content, so I can’t compare it to others and I definitely won’t claim that it’s “the best.” However, I am very fond of it and feel that it is a must for multi-author blogs and those that accept guest posts. You just can’t beat the ease-of-use and accuracy.

What are your thoughts on Plagiarism?

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Charnita Fance

Charnita is a part-time freelance writer and blogger, and the owner of Social Web Tools. As an early adopter, she enjoys trying out new social media and Internet tools along with WordPress plugins and Web apps. You can find her at various social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+


  1. Jerry

    I would like to suggest. If you use Plagiarism you do manual check also.

  2. akash

    I recently found one very good website called smallseotool.com all of you can check your websites full content their for plag. hope this would help.

  3. andro

    Finally got some useful information what exactly I’m searching. Thanks a lot!

  4. Makeyupdates

    My blog receives guest post requests everyday……While comparing to exisiting posts plagiarism is very hand tool…..Liked it and you guys spreading stuff awesome work……

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  6. Sahil

    I use smallseotools, coz its free but sometimes it sucks even copyscape also gives wrong results sometimes

  7. Ravi

    I was searching a tool by which i can check the plagiarism. Thanks for this post,it will help me.

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    Thanks for this post… keep it up.

  10. Mobdro

    Thank you very much for your work, you did a very well job!

  11. superboxs

    thanks for sharing this amazing post with us.

  12. Dev Patel

    I often use smallseotools to check plagiarism free article. How effective is this plugin according to you? Can it check all articles at once? I have over 100s of articles on my website.

  13. Technosurfer

    hello charnitha,
    I usually use other tools to check my writers work. Now i find your article some thing new and worthy read.

    I ll recommend this to my fellow bloggers.

    1. blackmart

      I found exact content here what i need. Actually I am using other tools to check my blog content, now i have got very necessary tool here, thanks for the post.

  14. Techician

    Hello Charnita, this is very helpful article for me to check plagiarism. i have many article writers and guest writers. thank you for this nice article.

  15. saketh

    awesome article charnita,
    article is very helpful for bloggers who have external authors for their blogs. time saving tool to check duplicate content. Thanks for sharing this article.

  16. Tech Manish

    This post is very helpful to all the bloggers who have articles writers. Thanks for this amazing post. Please suggest any online tools to check the entire site for plag.

  17. Collins

    Quite a good tool, but using plagiarism checking tools for a very long time I would like to recommend https://unplag.com/ as it provides a bunch of checking options and free trial with a 15 pages of check for free!

  18. Gautam

    Hello Chertina, Its really what that i want. New to your site & like the stuff you have shared here. Going to install Plagiarism plugin. thanks a lot for this.

  19. Ben

    I want to check my whole blog for plag. Please provide any online web or tool which is totally free.

  20. Jamie Knop

    Now this looks handy Charnita! This is how I usually check for duplicate content but manually so should be a time saver. Thanks.

  21. Darnell Jackson

    Good article Charnita,

    All editors and publishers should bookmark.

    However, I feel like in the end people will always steal your stuff. The good news is because of tools like this they won’t get very far.

    1. Charnita Fance


      Very true Darnell. I agree, no one is exempt from having their content stolen.

      Thanks for the comment!


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