joined:Feb 5, 2004
I saw this article about Google date bylines penalty.
I get really annoyed as well about articles without dates but it has made me wondered about my own information pieces.
What do people do about dates and information pages about a widget that gets updated a number of times every year?
I have information pages on a site that are many years old that list either the created date or if they have been changed the modified date. It displays the "Last Updated" date (and the date is marked as such). These pages are also listed in my site index with the latest update date. These pages get updated at least a couple times a year. Some times the update is a spelling fix, adding/updating information, or a complete rewrite. The date is listed at the bottom of the page, where the hit count for the page is along with a link to a printer view of the page.
So far Google doesn't seem to have a problem with this, should I be worried. These pages always contain the most updated information I have on the topic.
I have another site that lists both the Published date and the last modified date. The problem is in the search results if the date is shown it is the Publish date and a page that is listed as 3 years old in the search results doesn't look attractive as a newer page (even though it is kept updated with the latest info). What are peoples thoughts on removing the Publish date and just keeping the last modified date?