Lorel - 2:47 pm on Nov 22, 2012 (gmt 0)
As stated in another thread I have a website that is 12 years old that had been previously plagged by scrapers and was continually chasing them down but since putting up Google+ authorship I haven't found any scrapers harming my ranking.
I have not "pinged" my articles after posting them and I don't use an RSS feed for them either. A few times I submitted them directly to Google but haven't done that in a longtime.
The method I have used for about the last 6 months is to post the articles on my website or blog, however, when I post an article I Tweet about it with a link, and also post a note about it in Google+ or Facebook and also link to it from my website or blog depending on which one I used, i.e., I try to link to it from 3 other sources immediately upon publishing, which helps Google get notice of it right away.