As your company grows and you need to focus more on developing and enhancing products, and finding new ways to attract customers, you need to start outsourcing various parts of your activity. One of these is writing for your blog and the social media. There are many freelance writers available, and their services are affordable. Most of them are talented and dedicated professionals, who take pride in their high quality work.
However, you may pick the wrong person to take care of writing – a person who is pushing the limits of finding sources of information towards plagiarism, or a person who is not really careful about spelling and grammar. In both situations, your business risks losing reputation and customers. At best, you will see the number of followers and subscribers decreasing, unhappy with the deteriorating quality of your articles. At worst, you will be served with a takedown notice from the original author of the content shared as written for you by a freelance writer.
Before you build sufficient trust with a new outsourced content writer, you should check every piece they submit using a plagiarism and grammar tool. There are many online tools to choose from, but we know which ones are worth your time.
Grammarly works very fast and is very convenient if you want to do a plagiarism and grammar scan at the same time. The tool corrects spelling and grammar mistakes during the scan and signals the existence of duplicate content (paragraphs, sentences) across the web.
Grammarly is available in free and premium versions. The premium version also offers suggestions of synonyms or phrases which reduce redundancy and improve the readability of the text.
Copyscape works only as a plagiarism checker. Its free version allows you to check texts which have already been published online, by copying and pasting the URL. This is not very helpful, since you want to make sure that your content is 100% original before you publish it.
This is why you should consider choosing the premium version of Copyscape. It charges a flat rate of 5 cents per article checked. However, there are reports that the scan results are not always accurate for longer articles (over 2,000 words).
Duplichecker offers free plagiarism and grammar checking with a high degree of accuracy. You do not need to create an account to use the free version – all you have to do is copy and paste your text or upload the file. However, the free version only allows you to check one document per day, and it must not exceed 1,500 words.
This plagiarism checking tool offers private and corporate user accounts, with a free trial period before you decide to become a paid customer. This tool presents complex reports, with the exact percentages of similar sentences and phrases, and highlights the problematic sections of the document.
You can upload either Microsoft Word or PDF files for checking, which is extremely convenient if you are dealing with long texts which would be difficult to copy and paste entirely. The only con for this tool is the fact that the high complexity of the findings report makes it difficult for the average user to understand.
PlagTracker checks documents against over 20 million academic resources and websites for plagiarism. The results of the scan include all the URL links where you can find parts of plagiarised texts. The free scan is limited to 1,500-word documents.
The premium version allows you to check large documents such as white papers and professional presentations. It also performs a full grammar check and presents the findings in a detailed PDF report.