18 Nov 08
23 Jun 09 3:53 pm
Whenever I create content, I always put it on one of my own sites first and wait until Google has it indexed before I send it to an article marketing site. In theory at least, Google will then have listed you as the original author and the people that rip you off will not cause duplicate content issues for you, the original author.
Use the Google site map generator to tell Google of your new content. If you're using WordPress, the plugin Google XML Sitemaps
does the job automatically. Just be sure to set the plugin option to rebuild your site map if content is added or changed.
If anyone knows this is not the way it works, please respond. I trust Mark's guidance on this, and to my knowledge this is all you need to do to protect yourself. You'll never be able to stop the poachers, but you can at least make sure your content gets tagged as the original.
I hope this helps.