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In performing certain search queries, Google appears to be inserting the date of the page in front of the Snippet. I just performed one search and 5 of the 10 results had dates preceding their Snippets. One of them had the date towards the end of the Snippet.
Of the 6 dates shown, all were within the past 10 days with the exception of a Press Release from 2007.
I'm going to put me Tin Hat on and say that adding a date stamp at the top of new content may have a positive impact on things overall. Of those 5 results that had date stamps, all had a date stamp at the top of their main content.
all had a date stamp at the top of their main content
One recent discussion that comes up, which I remember because I was involved in it...
Date in Search Results - for pages cached after April 1
Do you mean that the date is appearing in the snippet?
Yes, as the first thing in the snippet.If you're talking about regular Google serps, are you talking about the news results that appear above the serps, or in "site" serps themselves?
The regular site results, not the news.
...seeing this feature now on site: searches for webmasterworld.com...
I've occasionally searched with the year added (with not a huge amount of success) to narrow down a reference, and this feature comes as great news.
I'm wondering whether a next step for Google might be to offer sorting results by date... or even multiple sorts.