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Since the dawn of ChatGPT, many many people have been using AI to write emails, essays and really any sort of text. 

AI tools like ChatGPT can also write blog posts. Many websites are now using AI to create blog posts and some websites are sticking with human writers. 

Even Google has introduced AI Overviews which use Google’s AI software known as Gemini. 

But, can you tell if a website uses AI or not?

Let’s find out.

Can You Check if a Website is using AI?

Yes, there is a way to check if a website uses an AI tool to write the text for their articles. 

The easiest way to do this is to use our Chrome Extension.

The first thing you need to do is to add the Chrome Extensions to your Chrome Browser (you can do that with the link above).

The follow these steps:

  1. Pin the extension to your browser by clicking on the puzzle icon in the top right of your browser, then clicking on the pin icon next to the Winston AI chrome extension.
  2. Click on the Winston AI logo (blue “W” on white circle) in your extension toolbar.
  3. Click on the “Login” button. If you are not logged in to the website, you will be prompted to log in with your credentials.
  4. Click on the Winston AI logo (blue “W” on white circle) to view your credits.
  5. Highlight any content directly on any website (min. 500 characters) and right-click on it.
  6. Click on “scan for AI content”. Each word scanned requires one credit.
  7. Your score and assessment will be displayed on the bottom right corner of your browser.

Let’s test out some websites for AI content.

Here I am testing out the content on this blog:

how to test articles on a website for AI

And as you can see, the tool correctly identified the text as human content. (I know this is true because I wrote the content myself!)

testing human written content for AI

What happens when you are unsure?

Well, as I was scrolling the internet this morning, I found a website that I am nearly 100% sure is AI-generated content (I guessed this is because of the use of the word choice on the page, words like realm, unveil, unleash are dead giveaways that it is AI written content).

But how do I know if it is really AI or not? 

Well, let’s put it to the test

testing a website for AI

As you can see our suspicion is confirmed, it was created by AI.

But what about content published online that I know was published with AI 

Well, here is an online post that was published with AI (I know because I also published that post.

AI content on websites

As you can see, our tool (Winston AI) again correctly identified the text as AI-written. 

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Get a More Detailed Report

If you need a more detailed report or you want to find our exactly which part of the website is AI and which part is AI, you can use our app.

This is easy to use and you will be directed to it when you sign up or when you login at the top right-hand corner of the screen now. 

You should copy and paste the text you want to scan and then the text for AI (you can also scan the text for plagiarism).

using winston AI to test AI content

Our AI detection tool has a 99.98% accuracy rate when detecting AI content.

AI prediction map for AI content online

Can Google Detect if a Website uses AI?

As far as I am aware Google hasn’t explicitly stated they can definitively detect all AI-generated content but there are strong indications and resources suggesting that they can.

In their February 2023 blog post, Google emphasizes their focus is on content quality, not how it’s produced. However, they mention using spam detection systems to identify low-quality content, including AI-generated content that’s primarily aimed at manipulating search rankings. This implies they have mechanisms to detect at least some types of AI content.

So Google most probably can tell if a website uses AI but it will probably only penalize a site in its algorithm if it is low-quality output. 

Most AI-written text is not necessarily low quality but it can be often be repetitive and generic(boring to read). Not to mention the fact that it sometimes just invents things and confidently make false claims.

The BBC has an article showing how AI overviews by Google are showing nonsense.

How to tell if an Image is an AI image?

Did you know that AI can also produce images? Well they can.

Sometimes they can be realistic but other times they are artistic. You can ask them to create any image you want and the technology is only going to get better.

If you are unsure if an image on a website is real or not, we have an AI image detector that you can use. 

All you need to do is right click the image and “copy image address” and then scan it with our AI image detector and see if it is AI or not.

AI image detector

Final Thoughts 

AI is one of the biggest technological changes ever and the way we search and consume information is changing rapidly. 

Some websites will use AI to generate articles, images, and even videos. While AI may not be a bad thing sometimes (it can even be quite artistic) we need to keep certain information written by people. This is because it is just too important. Topics like health and wellness should be only created by doctors. 

If you want to check to see if a website is using AI then use Winston AI. 

Try Winston AI here 

Conor Monaghan

Conor is an AI expert and English Teacher. He spends his time researching and writing about AI tools to help educators and publishers to become more productive.