If I publish content on my website, is there a time frame that I want to avoid it being published elsewhere, if possible, in order to secure the best SERP ranking for the page on my site vs the other sites? Or does Google not care about the original?
I'm rebuilding a niche site where invited users will be able to submit their own articles. I was considering requiring that their article is not published elsewhere on the web for 6 months, but I came up with that arbitrarily. I don't want them posting it elsewhere right away if it's going to hurt the exposure of the one on my site. And if there's no way to avoid it being ranked higher on another site, I at least want to try to have it as exclusive content for a while before the party's over.