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Date for SEO – To date or not to date?


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Hi all,

I’m having a feeling that the date on the topic’s isn’t the best thing to do. Google loves crawling on my forum and I’m indexed good.

But before IPB I had a hack on the SMF forum that removed the date on the topic’s in the Google search. This means that google search didn’t show the date of the topic. So “old” topics where clicked more because a vistor doesn’t think.. “Well that’s old!”



Better is to have this topic in the search without the date. What is your idea?

Is there a quick and easy way to turn the date off?


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You can edit the skin template to remove the meta data markup around the date - Google will (potentially...their crawler is smart mind you) not see the date and thus won't show it in listings.

On a personal note, as a user I like seeing recent dates in search results from Google. I'm much more inclined to click on a result if I know it's recent than if I don't know the date at all. I suppose the opposite may be true, although certain information is "timeless" and thus it doesn't matter how old it is.

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