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Originality.AI Review: The Best AI Writing Detector?

Is Originality.AI the real thing for detecting AI-generated writing?

Usually, producing unique and high-quality content takes hours—sometimes even days.

However, tools like ChatGPT have made content creation all too easy.

And that’s not always a good thing.

Thankfully, there are tools that detect AI content, Originality.AI being one of them.

But is it the best and most reliable one out there?

Read on and see for yourself.

What Is Originality.AI?

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Originality.AI is software co-founded by Jonathan Gillham and Spencer Haws, who are founders of Motion Invest and Niche Pursuits, respectively.

Both are serious content publishers who know the importance of due diligence in the website flipping business.

Because of this, they need to know whether or not AI played a part in creating the content on the site they buy.

And with Originality.AI, they get to know for sure.

In fact, fun fact: they launched the tool the weekend before ChatGPT.

Talk about perfect timing!

The tool can detect content that AI created and lets you know if the articles pass AI detection tests.

If the scanned content’s AI score is high, that means OpenAI models may have created it.

Sometimes, though, AI detection tools can return false positives in their scans, so you need to also know how accurate they are.

What you want is a tool that consistently scans most AI-generated content.

Thankfully, the people behind Originality.AI continuously work hard to improve its accuracy.

Initially, they trained the AI detector to disclose content created using the GPT-3 model.

Now, Originality.AI can catch text generated using later models like ChatGPT and GPT-3.5.

This lets you review your content pieces much better to ensure quality before publishing them.

How to Use Originality.AI

Detecting AI-written content is now much easier using Originality.AI.

There are many ways you can do it.

At the same time, Originality.AI provides more than just the AI detection score.

But I won’t spoil what else it can do for you yet!

Keep reading to find out the different uses of this tool:

1. Scan Pages for AI Content

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First, log in to your account and click “Content Scan” on the sidebar.

Copy and paste the text you want to scan into the text box. Then click “Scan Now”.

You can also see the number of credits the tool will spend to scan the text.

This helps you manage your credits much better.

The results will show you the percentage of AI-written content and human-written text.

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Another way to scan content is by using its Google Chrome extension.

Once you download and activate it, you should see the small Originality.AI logo on the right side of the browser screen.

Click on it to open the text box and paste the text you want to scan.

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You can also highlight and right-click on the text. Choose “Scan with ORIGINALITY.AI” from the selection.

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The Chrome extension is a great way to scan texts from published pages real quick.

It also works well when you’re writing content on GDocs or WordPress.

Fun fact: You receive ten free credits after installing the Chrome extension.

This is better than signing up for the actual website version since doing so won’t grant you any credits.

So, if you wish to try out Originality.AI without logging in to its website, get the Chrome version first.

Again, the tool is very handy for web publishers who use AI-generated content.

But let’s make one thing clear:

AI content generators are simply tools.

They are only helpful when the people using them know what they’re doing.

That said, while you can use ChatGPT and other AI tools to create better content, you must still ensure content quality at all times.

By this, we mean that you should still see to it that the text provided by ChatGPT provides value to your audience.

If not, you’re wasting your audience’s time. You also waste the time and effort you put into creating the content.

Using Originality.AI as your content quality checker prevents all these from happening.

It also allows you to manage high-quality content on your site at all times.

2. Run Full Website Check

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The tool lets you check how much AI content a website has.

Go to “Website Scan” and click on “Scan New Website”.

Afterward, enter the domain URL of the site you want to analyze.

If you don’t have enough credits to execute this command, an error message will appear. So, make sure to stock up on credits before using this feature.

If the site you wanted to check contains an immense volume of pages and words, it’s possible to run out of credits.

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If this happens, you will see the pages Originality.AI scanned.

For the unscanned pages, you can analyze them after topping your account up with credits.

The report above shows you the pages of the entire site, such as:

  • Errors (a red exclamation point appears for pages that haven’t been scanned yet)
  • Word count
  • Percentage of human writing
  • Percentage of AI writing
  • Date the content was last checked

Note, though, that you can’t check the pages for plagiarism. You’ll have to do this manually.

3. Check Content for Plagiarism

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The plagiarism checker feature costs one (1) credit for every 100 words.

Let’s say you plan on using the tool’s AI content detector and plagiarism checker for a 600-word text.

This means you’ll spend twice more than just the tool’s own AI content detector.

Specifically, you need to pay six (6) credits for just the AI detection on top of the 6 credits for detecting plagiarism.

That’s 12 credits in total.

The good news is that this is an optional feature, and you can run the plagiarism checker without AI detection.

But, let’s run a test to check both.

The results should show you the AI score and whether the content is plagiarism-free.

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Originality.AI Use Cases

Below are ways how you can use Originality.AI depending on your needs.

1. Keeps Your Writers Straight

Contrary to popular belief, Google has no issue with AI content.

Pages will rank as long as their content delivers value to your audience.

Nonetheless, your agreement with your writers may be different.

As a web publisher, you can set ground rules on whether or not you want your writers to create content using AI.

That’s why Originality.AI has a Team Member feature.

It lets writers run the AI tool on their content.

For them to be able to use it, you must invite them into your account.

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Once they confirm and accept your invite, they can then start using the tool and scan their content.

But before they do this, you have to ensure they know how to use it properly.

Tell them they only need to scan the content once so that they don’t overuse your credits.

To help you monitor their credit usage, you can see how many credits they’ve spent on your dashboard.

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What makes its Chrome extension even better is its writer management feature that lets you watch the writer produce the content for you on GDocs or WordPress.

The recording would show you content written word for word if it were a human writer.

If the writer copied and pasted something on the document, there’s a good chance the pasted text is generated using AI.

Finally, you can monitor other collaborators of the content.

You can see if the assigned writers wrote the piece themselves or gave it to someone else.

2. Helps You Buy Websites That Don’t Have AI Content

Most website buyers are picky about the sites they plan on buying, and rightfully so.

After all, no one wants to buy a site that won’t make more money for them.

The criteria for flipping websites vary for each buyer, but make no mistake—they have a checklist they follow to a tee.

And what I noticed is that two of the boxes they usually tick off include the content’s originality and whether or not it was AI-generated content.

This might be because they’re wary of AI content in general and want to keep their portfolio AI-free.

Whatever the reason is, this is where Originality.AI comes in.

In just a few clicks, it can detect whether the site has low originality scores so they can move on to the next prospect if this is the case.

3. Analyzes Top-Ranking Pages

Originality.AI can be a search engine optimization (SEO) tool as well, just like Growth Bar.

In particular, the tool lets you analyze competing pages on top of search engine rankings for your keywords.

Here’s how you can do that.

Take the top ten pages ranking on SERPs for your search query.

Go to each blog post or article and analyze its content using Originality.AI.

Once it has analyzed the data, compare which among the pages have high originality scores.

You can do this by computing the average scores for Original % and AI %.

This will now let you determine how AI content factors into the rankings.

Let’s say the average Original % is 70 while AI % is 30.

That means you should stick to creating content with 30% AI and 70% original.

Doing so gives you a chance to rank on Google’s first page.

That said, originality and AI are just parts of what you must consider when creating content.

In other words:

Don’t get too hung up on the page’s AI score.

Instead, use this figure to help you create more helpful content for your audience.

4. Ensures Students Submit Original Work

AI content is a hot topic—even in the academe.

The point of asking students to write essays is to ensure they understood and learned from what they just studied.

However, the rise of AI-generated content has made grading essays much more difficult.

Many instructors today aren’t sure if it was the students who wrote the essay or AI.

But using Originality.AI could “potentially” help them in this regard.

I say “potentially” because the site states that the tool is:

“Built With Serious Web Publishers in Mind and Not for Academia.”

I do believe that the tool can possibly still track essays with AI-written text.

Nonetheless, the fact remains that Originality.AI clearly states that it’s not for academia.

So, proceed cautiously using the AI content detection tool for school papers.

Originality.AI Pricing

As mentioned, Originality.AI uses one (1) credit per 100 words.

Each credit costs $0.01.

To buy credits, you must sign up for an account.

Click “Credits” on the sidebar, then click the “Purchase Credits” button at the top right.

This shows you the different set number of credits you can buy.

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Here is the tool’s pricing plans as of this writing:

  • $20 for 2,000 credits (scans 200,000 words)
  • $50 for 5,000 credits (scans 500,000 words)
  • $100 for 10,000 credits (scans 1,000,000 words)
  • $250 for 25,000 credits (scans 2,500,000 words)
  • $500 for 50,000 credits (scans 5,000,000 words)
  • $1,000 for 100,000 credits (scans 10,000,000 words)

Unlike monthly-based subscriptions, the credit-based subscription is beneficial for users since the credits they bought will stay with them for a long time.

Originality.AI Review: Pros and Cons


  • Easy to use AI detection tool (from the site itself or using the Chrome extension)
  • Conveniently detects a site for AI-written content in a few clicks
  • Team member features help keep your writing team in line
  • Credit-based payment system


  • No limit on how many credits members can use—they might accidentally deplete your credits if they don’t know how to use them properly.
  • Unclear why the tool isn’t geared towards academia, i.e., scanning essays and term papers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Originality.AI accurate?

Originality.AI is an accurate AI detection tool that can detect content created using the latest OpenAI models (GPT-3.5 and ChatGPT).

Its chances of identifying AI content are much higher than AI tools trained using old AI models.

In fact, here’s a video showing more of this tool’s accuracy:

Is there a free alternative to Originality.AI?

Some of the best free AI detectors include:

Final Thoughts for This Originality.AI Review

In the world of AI content detectors and plagiarism checkers, Originality.AI delivers the best of both worlds.

It detects AI content using the latest OpenAI models and plagiarized text.

This ensures that your writing team creates unique content written by a person.

Overall, Originality.AI came at the right place and the right time.

As AI content continues to flood the market, you need a tool to protect your site from misuse.

And what better tool to use than Originality.AI?

On the other hand, if you’re a SaaS founder with a similar idea for creating software like Originality.AI but don’t know how to go about it, feel free to contact us.

Let us help you turn your software dreams into a reality.