How to find duplicate content issue?

SitePro

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All great replies, but I thought I might share a few other extra tips from my experience.

I was running quite a few Google Groups and still do, but back when they were active we had someone join the group and setup a robot that would copy the message and post it to their website. I saw that they were doing it by searching a specific text string, so I included a sort-of hashmark style text string at the end of all the posts, and setup a Google alert for that specific text string and when Google found it, I would get an alert that the new message had been posted to their website.

That only worked because they were copying the entire post, including the end group signature. But you could do the same thing by hiding such a string in some image alt text.

Code:
<img src="image/posttransparentimage_1x1.png" alt="Transparent post duplication check image (stringXDSqr4319!*offWET@9)" height="1" width="1" border="0" /><br />
You might want to add it somewhere directly under the head/title without the line break and increase the width to indent the 1st word of the 1st paragraph or for some extra breathing room under an H1, H2, etc. The point is, to sneak something unique in there. Then you can setup a Google alert just for that string and document when it appears in Google alerts (in case you need to take it to court).

Then, when the bot automatically copies everything and Google finds it, you can begin the long road of tracing who it is, sending them a very reputable, well legal speak worded 'cease and desist' order document warning them that you will take legal action if they do not cease and desist copying your website.

You will have to be able to follow that up with real legal action if they persist, though.

But also, just as a precaution, please remember that if you have ever marketed another domain and then switched to market the same website with a new brand, if you did not have Google remove the first domain you used to market the site under, you may wind-up being the duplicate content because Google finds the same info on both domains, so then you reinvent the old domain as something else that promotes the new one. Or have it removed from Google, but better to use it.

(It's also never a good idea to market more than one domain for one website. By all means, register mispells and such, then redirect them to the main domain, or park them on top of it, but never promote or market them.)

Just some added thoughts in case anyone runs into this.
 

Aby

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The free plagiarism checker tools usually display wrong data to the users.
Even if your content is not plagiarised, it will still show you that it is.
These are the common tactics they use to make people use the paid versions of their tools.
Disregard those tools.
If you still have a doubt then buy a limited trial of one of the reliable Plagiarism checker tools you know of and check if your content is unique.
I guarantee you, it will be unique.
 

bessieexum

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Hi,

From my answer is,
The simplest approach to discover duplicate content problems inside your website is to perform a simple Google search. Only look for a key word which you rank to get and watch the search engine success. In the event you locate which Google is revealing a non-user-friendly URL of your articles , then you've got replicate content on your website.
 
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