I'm trying to figure out how article submitting works. Google can tell if your content is unique or not. So you have a unique article not on the web and you submit it to an article directory then post that same article on your site. Google will index the directory first and then your site so google will see your article as a duplicate rather than unique content. To avoid this you post the article on your site, spin for uniqueness, then try to get it approved in article directories. Is this how it works?