Have you posted your entire manuscript online?
Congratulations, you just published your manuscript.
When you post your work online, whether on your own website or someone else’s, it’s available for the world to see. Even if you take it down, Google caches copies of web pages and the Wayback Machine also archives web pages, so it’s still there, available for everyone.
You used up your first publication rights. When you approach a publisher/agent, they’ll most likely reject the manuscript out of hand because those first rights are taken. It’s now much more difficult to sell the manuscript.
If you posted that manuscript to a password protected site, it’s not considered published. Google and other search bots can’t index those pages, so those pages can’t be found in search engines or through cached or archived copies of those pages. In that case, first publication rights are not used, and posting it online will not be a barrier to publication.
Having said all that, if you plan on editing it fairly heavily, then I would suggest taking down your work – and immediately – edit it, then submit the edited portion to agents/publishers.
If you want to have something online to attract a new audience, you could consider posting excerpts such as the first chapter or two.
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