I had an email from a potential client yesterday advising me that they had chosen to work with another supplier for a considerable task. This was perfectly fine – I confess that my response to their initial inquiry was slightly delayed and they needed the work done quickly.
Having checked out the work supplied by the unmentioned company and now published on the client site, it seems that the vast majority of it is stolen copy/paste.
My potential client chose a seemingly professional company, and in return for their money they received copied content from blogs, forums, news sites and even their direct competitors!
I thought it wise to suggest here – for any existing and potential clients of GCW – some ways in which you can check the integrity of any text you purchase.
I personally type all of the work that I provide. I use source material and research scenes and subjects wherever possible, and I type my own text for my clients – with a focus on SEO and the subjects or performers I believe will provide organic traffic for their site.
When a client requests a considerable piece of text (site review, performer profile, article etc) I check this through Copyscape Premium to ensure that there are no risks of accidental duplication.
Copyscape is an online resource able to be used by anyone. You can check any text you wish through this service to see if it has appeared anywhere else, and the level at which it is similar.
Another method is to select random lines of the text you have received and run them through a Google search with quotation marks. This searching method will provide examples of where Google has found that exact line on other sites.
Both of these methods are a great way to see where your content is. You can use it to check the integrity of text that you have paid for, check for accidental similarity, or even see if anyone else has stolen text from your site too.
TOP TIP –
When purchasing text from a provider for the first time, I would suggest requesting one small piece first (without telling them why). Wait for a week, and then run the above checks to see if this work has been taken from another source or supplied to more than one client of that company.