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pretending your blog is old?

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by namewithnogaps, Aug 4, 2010.

  1. namewithnogaps

    namewithnogaps Junior Member

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    i mean white hat site.

    is it a good strategy to submit posts for like 2007-2010 so the user thinks that the site is old=must be good? Assume i have an old domain.

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  2. gonzomcribbinz

    gonzomcribbinz Regular Member

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    I strip the post date and comment dates from every blog so it appears "timeless."
     
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  3. namewithnogaps

    namewithnogaps Junior Member

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    i also used to do it, but i think posts with dates look more authentic and alive
     
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    namewithnogaps Junior Member

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    Yeah that guy knows his stuff.. Owns squidoo and also has a WP Plugin "What Would Seth Godin Do" in his name..
     
  6. drmonge

    drmonge Newbie

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    I'm also un the same trouble. I would love my blog to have backed dates. Not for a long time, but maybe for a year or so!!!

    Please let me know if this could be done and if its a good practice for a new blog ob an old domain
     
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    namewithnogaps Junior Member

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    up ,,.
     
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    Yeah I do this too. It works well!
     
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    Just a thought: but it can lead to problems with search engine indexing, can't it?
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    Well if your using wordpress then it's as easy as clicking the edit button next to 'Publish Immediately' just above the 'Publish' button, or to change it on an existing article edit the 'published on' date just above the 'Update Post' button.

    I've done it on some of my blogs and never seems to have caused a problem. One I'm working on currently I'm doing it because I'm using content I previously published in other places, so I'm backdating it to around when I originally wrote the articles. I have no idea if this causes any problems with google's indexing, but I can't imagine it does. Google will index the site based on when they crawl it regardless of what dates you have on the page.

    The only real problem that I can see is that if someone does a whois on the domain they'll see that you have content dated from before the blog existed. I think the amount of people that are going to do that are few, and even if they do I doubt it would matter to most people.

    If you have an old domain and plan to keep the oldest post within the lifespan of the domain then I don't see any problems with it at all. You might want to also add some backdated comments to the articles as well to keep it all consistent though. Otherwise it'll look like the blog has been around a long time but noone cares about it.
     
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  11. Baraba

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    On my site I have stuff dating back to 1990, while the domain is registered in 2008. No problem so far. The content from 1990 was published on other media/hosts, and nobody have any problem with the fact the domain is much newer.

    Changing the dates to older dates may make your content look dated, so it is up to you if you want to make it look new or look old. My best bet is to keep their real submission dates for more consistency.
     
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    The main reason I do it is for when I'm first setting up the blog. I try to add quite a few articles to give it a good feel, but I don't want to have a massive amount of posts all dated within a few days. So I backdate all the initial content I'm starting with over the previous few months, and then once I have all that online then my new posts are always made with the current date.

    Another thing I might do is with current event type things. If I decide I should have a post regarding something that happened a few days ago, I might keep all the content in the context of what was known then and date it to right after the event. Then I can also post an update for the current date if there is any additional info to write about.
     
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    change the date in posts.