There’s been much debate over the years about whether or not you should include dates on your content, but ultimately Google encourages it.
For more, check out the full post over on Search Engine Roundtable.
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Blogs can be a great way to drive more traffic to your site, but they have major potential problem — if you fail to write anything for a long period time, that can be very evident when people view your blog and it can make you look bad. A solution might be to just remove the dates from your posts, so that new visitors won’t know how new or old it is. Is that wise? Google tends to say not.
A user named Vlad asked Google’s John Mueller this very question, saying: “Hi! Is it better to not have any dates of content published at all vs dates that are really ancient?”
John’s response was: “Better for me is to know what the date was, that makes it easier to recognize high-quality evergreen content.”
Vlad responded with some more thoughts, which led John to say “What’s wrong with providing a date? If users are going there for information, a date can be pretty useful.”
I tend to agree. Particularly with tech news, knowing how fresh an article is can be very helpful for the reader. We publish dates on all of our various blogs, as we think the benefit to the user outweighs any potential downsides.
I often say on here that helping Google to understand your content is essential, and including dates on your posts is just one more way to help with that.