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[edited by: Leosghost at 11:14 pm (utc) on Jan 4, 2016]
* 'copyright 2010, 2013' means page originally published in 2010 and some change(s) were made in 2013.
* and now change to 'copyright 2016'
because a case can be made (and has to some folks' dismay) that a scraper site showing a prior year is actually the original and the original is the infringer. At worst it can take a costly trial and the result is not guaranteed - especially without additional evidence such as wayback machine, prior years' backup copies, copyright registration, etc.
[edited by: Leosghost at 12:23 am (utc) on Jan 5, 2016]
Funnily enough I came across a site two days ago, at #1..
That says "last updated 2010"
Why would anyone hard code the year anyway
Ranks increase when you take pride in updating your copyright timestamp
As I see it, goodroi was referring to updating a site
The fact that a 2009 or 10, or whatever site may rank and not have any updates is just as much interesting to me, and that's something from which we can all learn.
I don't include dates in my copyright statement
As I see it, goodroi was referring to updating a site.That's how I see it too. Routine chores as the calendar flips over to a new year brought the topic of copyright dates to mind, but I don't think that was the sole intention of this thread.
Make sure you regularly fix broken links and ensure the site looks good in different desktop & mobile browsers (etc)... Lazy webmasters are much more likely to get hit with bad Google rankings.