Comparing text is an imperative tool that you must use before posting any content online. Posting an article that contains similar text to another website can blur the lines of plagiarism. It can also leave you with a reputation for posting unoriginal content. To avoid this, you will need to make sure that your content does not replicate another article; so how can you do this without reading every article that has ever been posted online regarding the topic that you are writing about?
The answer is simple: a text comparison tool. A text comparison tool may be free or premium.
A free text comparison tool will likely only use one website to compare to your document or URL, or will limit the number of searches or comparisons you can perform each month. The good news is that this is a free service, but the bad news is that you may be unknowingly producing or copying near-identical content to another website since you can only compare it to one website or only search a few times each month.
A premium text comparison tool will take your document or URL and compare it to many articles and websites that are currently online as many times per month as you need. This means that you are searching as many websites as possible to ensure that your content is original and unique.
Whether you use a free or premium text comparison tool, using this resource will allow you to perform a full diagnostic of your content to determine if your content is currently found on any other website.
There are many options to choose from when deciding which tool to use. Because comparing text is an integral part of producing quality content, we have compiled a list of the 7 best tools to compare text online to make it quick and easy for you to check the content you have created.
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Copyscape is available in free or premium versions. The free version will take an original document or URL and compare it to another document or URL. You will provide the documents or URLs to the database in order to perform the scan. Once scanned, the results will tell you how many words each website contains, if the two websites have matching words, how many matching words the two websites share, and what the total percentage is for the matching words. Additionally, you are only given a certain amount of searches to perform each month when using the free version.
Copyscape premium allows you to check thousands of pages of results to ensure that your content is original and not duplicated anywhere else. You receive an unlimited number of searches per month with no restrictions.
Grammarly is more than just a spelling and grammar correction website. Grammarly also has a plagiarism detector that is available with the premium version. With the plagiarism detector, Grammarly scans your content across billions of websites to make sure that your content is original and unreplicated. The scan itself is free, but to view the specific corrections that need to take place costs money. You must have a premium membership for this. If you sign up for a year, you only pay $11.66 per month, whereas the month-to-month subscription is a staggering $29.95 per month. For this option, it is a better deal to sign up for a year and pay monthly at $11.66 per month.
With Copyleaks, you can choose from free or premium services. With the free plan, you can scan only 10 pages before you have to choose the premium service; however, you can earn additional free pages by inviting your friends to sign up for Copyleaks. Copyleaks will take your document and compare it to billions of webpages to tell you if your content copies any of the results. Copyleaks also has a mobile application for you to use on your Apple or Android device so that you can scan documents while on-the-go, which is a nice feature to have for those times you are away from your computer but need to scan your cloud-based document.
DupliChecker is a free online text comparison tool that will scan your document and perform a full analysis. The analysis will not only tell you if your content is plagiarized, but it will also tell you how unique your content is, as well as how many total words your document contains. This online tool is one of the best because it is free and produces an analysis that contains more than just plagiarism information. DupliChecker is a somewhat slow website, as it takes a couple of minutes to scan a document of only a few hundred words; however, for a free online tool, you can’t beat it.
Plagiarisma is an online text comparison that you can use for free with limitations. The free version will scan documents up to 2,000 characters. It will take the results and tell you if your content is unique, copied, or found on additional websites. To view the specific details of the results, you will need to create an account. There are four different premium plans to choose from. Plan A gives you 100 scans for one day at $8, Plan B gives you unlimited scans for 3 months for $35, Plan C gives you unlimited scans for 6 months for $60, and Plan D gives you unlimited searches for 1 month for $25.
If you will be performing very few searches per month for very short articles, then Plagium is the right tool for the job. Plagium will charge you a minuscule $0.04 per page every time you search. If you search very few pages each month, you will not be charged. Plagium takes the pages that you scan and compares it to billions of websites to determine if your content is copied or unique. If you will be scanning many articles that are lengthy, you will be required to pay for the service.