I would like to bring the old "myth" that you have to post eZine Articles 1st before your own site and open it up for a new debate. I am doing this because a new method of blogging came on the scene that may make the "myth" posting to your blog first will cause eZine to reject your submission a reality.
While it is this is entirely true you can post to your own site before submitting to eZine Articles as long as the content that is posted belongs to you, there is an a new blogging method that may change this.
I personally ran into this issue recently that may turn this "myth" into a reality.
I had a post on my blog that I decided to use on eZine articles. So, I submitted it. A few days later eZine articles reported this post being displayed on another site and provided me with the url. Exact Words
" We would like to help you get this article approved but there is an issue which needs to be resolved first.
Your article does not adhere to the following Editorial Guideline, Section 1.b"
After some investigation, I was able to determine this was an autoblog site pulling feeds from my post without providing me credit as the author.
I explained the issue and provided multiple post urls illustrating the autoblog method this site was using. eZine Articles still rejected my post based on the fact that this site had the same content, but not did not state me as the source.
My point is, now with the use of autoblogging, scraping content from others without providing the correct recognition you may find yourself in the same scenario.
I wanted to warn all out their that if your content is posted 1st to your site and then scraped by an autoblog before approved by eZine your submission will get rejected your article regardsless of the proof you can provide.