CopyGator monitors a site's RSS news feed to provide the owner or administrator with information about how it is being used. This includes information about other blogs that used the RSS feed, and copied, quoted or republished the information using the feed.
The service is currently monitoring more than 2.2 million RSS feeds who create more than 500K blog posts per day. CopyGator will then compare all published posts to determine if two posts are roughly, nearly or exactly alike.
Bloggers can use the information generated by CopyGator to find out which blogs are publishing articles based on their work without having to perform manual searches on Google or blog search engines like Technorati.
CopyGator provides a few ways of submitting a new RSS feed to the service. Webmasters can add their RSS feed url manually, add the site to the list of sites that get pinged whenever a new blog post is published or add a badge to their website that points to the CopyGator service.
It takes a while before the feed will be processed by the service. Webmasters who want to know if and how their posts are quoted or republished find in CopyGator the means to do so effectively.
Update: The service does not seem to work anymore. While the CopyGator website is still available, it does not seem to monitor feeds anymore as the counter lists zero feeds as being watched right now by the service.
It is not clear when the service stopped operations, only that is not working anymore. If you have added a badge to your site, it may be time to remove it from it again as there is no reason currently to keep it up.
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