Msg#: 26462 posted 7:27 pm on Oct 30, 2004 (gmt 0)
Why do some search results have dates on and others don't? Is it the ones who have just been updated or re-submitted - and does this help ranking? (I notice the ones with recent dates have fairly high rankings).
I always used to think it was when Google last visited the page, but in the few cases I looked at the cache was 1 day on from the date shown in the SERPs. I suppose that may just be a datacenter thing.
My understanding was these dates are reffered to as fresh tags, I have only seen them once for my site a couple of weeks ago, it was after a deep crawl and lots of bot activity, however the cache date was not even close. At this point I have seen so many weird things and liks appearing and disappering that I'm not watching that close anymore, gonna drive me nuts.
Msg#: 26462 posted 12:48 am on Nov 2, 2004 (gmt 0)
I've noticed that the date shown for many of my sites is usually 3 days ago, and the cached text is usually that old. But the snippet may occasionally reflect more recent changes. Also, no date tends to be an indication that an update is about due.
But all this is probably an attempt to find a pattern where there is none, and the date could be just one of those Google "features", like the link: command, that is really there to keep us guessing.