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Changing Blog Post Date

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by jerrymc, Oct 14, 2016.

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  1. jerrymc

    jerrymc Regular Member

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    I run a small blog that has several how to guides.

    Many of the most useful guides are old. Like 2012 or so.

    Does changing the post date improve the rank?

    Does new mean more relevant?
     
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    If anything, add a little bit of new content to the posts and put a notice at the top of the page that it's updated as of 10/14/16. From what I have found, changing the post date doesn't matter.
     
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    The best thing will be showing updated dates to your user may be good for you but for search engines it is not a positive impact for your rankings and traffic.
     
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    To summarize, in my opinion, the gist of those articles:

    1. Consider your niche
    For example, when I'm working on a programming project, and I'm googling an error code, or question like ' how to do [task] in [language] ', I almost always sort the results by most-recent, as language updates often render older examples as irrelevant or at the least, problematic. If your niche were something where historical accuracy were relevant, then perhaps an older date would actually benefit you!

    2. People like New Content
    I think the shoutmelound.com link and moz.com links pretty well illustrate that just showing dates doesn't help you (it actually seemed to drastically hurt the shoutmeloud.com site) but showing updated dates with a closer to current date seemed to help moz.com in their test. My conclusion from that is that people view newer content as being more valuable. If you show them two articles, published on the same day, one year ago, and don't tell them the date either one was published; they'll likely read each in a more objective manner. If, however, one article is updated to display a date as being more recent, it would seem more people will choose that article. I don't think this is an odd phenomenon, and simply reflective that newer information is more appealing.

    3. Update Your Old Content
    Tweak it, fix links, make the pubDate the current date. I'd like to see some data (I will be doing my own tests too) regarding the effectiveness of the level of update. For instance, if I built a script that simply updated the published date of all my content once a month, would that give me a bump? If it didn't effect my SERP rank, would it still benefit my CTR in the SERP simply because my published date was newest? Obviously, it'd be best to take the advice in the ahrefs article in adding new content, updating outdated info, fixing links, and building new links, but I'm sure there's a nice pocket between too-involved and effortless that produces a nice ROI for time vs. benefit.
     
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    Well I don't know if this helps, but there's a muthaf'ing forum (not SEO related, totally unrelated in fact) that is a competitor of a site of mine.

    They have high ass authority and are backed by a big corporation that acquired them like 10 years ago.

    I noticed that they *always* have "fresh" content on the home page of Google. Except when you click through, it's not fresh at all. They just set the published date to a couple days ago, always, rolling forward.

    Ain't that cool.