One of the biggest problems for many webmasters is the unauthorized publishing of their articles on third party websites. Many black hat webmasters take advantage of other webmaster's work by publishing articles from those webmasters on their websites. Many times without the actual consent of the original author of the articles.
But this is naturally not the only way how work gets reproduced on the Internet. Other websites may cite passages of an article in their own articles which is a totally legit thing to do.
Keeping track of all the websites and discovering new websites that use your articles can be a time consuming task. A manual way to track them would be to enter key sentences into Google to find the websites that are indexed in Google that are using at least that sentence of your article.
An easier way is to use a service like Fairshare. Fairshare monitors RSS feeds that the user enters into the form on the service's homepage. It creates another RSS feed that will add all the websites as feed items that copy at least 20% of the words of an article of the initial RSS feed.
FairShare lists the percentage of the article that appeared on the other website, if a link back to the original site is present, if ads are displayed on the website and the url plus title of the article. Those information are excellent to discover the sites that are copying your articles.
It usually takes a few hours after adding a new RSS feed before the first feed items appear in the RSS feed of the copied articles. Fairshare will create another feed that posts a weekly summary of all the discovered items.
While FairShare is surely not discovering all websites that make use of other author's articles, it does a pretty good job at discovering the majority. The information provided are great to help webmasters depending on their use policy. Some webmasters probably only want to contact webmasters copying articles without linking back to the original content, others might want to ask websites that use ads to remove the content while some might want to ask all sites that copy 100% of their articles to remove them immediately.
Update: Fairshare's service is no longer available, and we have removed the link pointing to the website as a consequence. We are not aware of an automated solution, but can provide you with a manual way. The easiest option is to search for a paragraph of your articles on search engines like Google or Bing. I'd suggest you enclose the paragraph with quotation marks.
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