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Are they really necessary? For my niche, the blog entries I will be making, will always apply and so I don't see why dates are important. I don't want readers to see old posts and not look at them because they only want to read what is new. I also don't like how they can see the space between the times I made the entries. I know, I can change all the dates but I don't want to keep up with that. Thanks for your advice!
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
    Originally Posted by madelyndon View Post

    Are they really necessary?
    I don't know. It's a good question.

    I often wonder what people think/expect, in this regard - and will be interested to see others' replies, here.

    I have no dates at all on any of my blogs, though.

    Originally Posted by madelyndon View Post

    I know, I can change all the dates but I don't want to keep up with that.
    Exactly so - to me, it's never seemed worth it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Elle Holder
      For me, it depends.

      Is the information timeless? Then I don't worry so much about dating my posts. If it's something that readers might ignore at some time in the future, feeling the info could be dated, then I'll leave it off.

      But you know, it's a two edged sword. Some things change very quickly. Take SEO for an example. If I'm reading a post that doesn't have a date, I will ignore any advice given. Because from year to year there are differences in what's recommended as good practices. I'd be a fool to find some undated info and follow it blindly. Doing so could kill my sites. NB & CMA. I am not saying there aren't some core SEO principals the remain overtime. I'm just using this as an example.

      So there you have a case of a blogger that might not have used a date to avoid the "dated" situation. But I ignored it because it DIDN'T have a date and I don't want to take the time to weed out what might be old info. I'll head off to some other site that has dated posts.

      Which still leaves the issue clear as mud!

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      • Profile picture of the author force5
        It depends..

        If you run a blog about a subject that changes, taxes or seo for example you may want to leave dates on.. Or you could turn them off and then on posts you feel need dates on, you just put the date at the top of the post manually

        Generally I turn them off though (but that is just me)

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  • Profile picture of the author retsced
    Just turn them off. I never have dates showing on my posts.
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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    I've removed the date feature from my blogs for the simple reason that older dates mean old, irrelevant information to some people. Sometimes that's true but most often it isn't.
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  • Profile picture of the author majes
    Of course your can turn them off.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nics
    Unless you need it for a specific reason (Can't see why) Turn them off. If I come acrosss a blog posting and see the date is more than a few months old, I automatically think it's oudated. Just my natural reaction even though it may not be. I bet many others have the same feeling.
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  • Profile picture of the author mominternet
    Get rid of the dates, especially if you have what is called evergreen content.

    You may also think about mailing your list and encourage them to visit your post, even if it is an old blog post. My mentor does this and I went to read the post and was about to comment, when I realized I had already commented! I had forgotten the valuable information and now was excited to read it again.

    Now, that can work both ways, especially if you wrote something where you got negative comments so think about what you remind your readers of.

    Elle is correct information has no time limits and with so much of it to process these days it helps to see it again and not think that just because it dates back a few years that it is not useful.

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  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Burritt
    What's your method to remove the dates from blog posts?
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    • Profile picture of the author madelyndon
      Originally Posted by Jeff Burritt View Post

      What's your method to remove the dates from blog posts?
      I googled how to remove dates from blog wordpress and got the code. It was actually not that hard. Between this site and youtube videos, you can pretty much figure it all out.
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  • Profile picture of the author OPTIMUSMKTG
    Removing dates is all a matter of editing your theme's code. Most theme sellers provide this info through customer support.
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  • Profile picture of the author DannyFikes
    Yea, I'd say that 'no dates' is actually a better way to go. Even when you have great content, if it's from a month ago people sometimes just skim over it thinking it's already outdates. Without dates, they've gotta actually read the content to see if it's valuable. Kind forces them to be a little more engaged in the content.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bob Sims
    Dates.....Phew, I was thinking of someone asking you out when I first read the subject line :-)

    Anyway, as far as having time/date of entry on your blog that depends on your content.
    There are bloggers that have listings in archive form for their readers to refer to.
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  • Profile picture of the author Charley Brown
    +1 for removing the dates from your blog.

    It gives the reader TMI, which can come back to hurt you - makes some posts irrelevant IMO.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mark Alan
      I agree with a what a lot of others said in that dating your blog posts is a sure way to kill your conversions by making your content appear old and irrelevant. However, there is an exception you can use to your advantage to gain credibility.

      For example if you find yourself in a niche where the listings are dominated by review sites with dated content (very common) adding the year to your post can add a lot of credibility to your post. For example nobody buying a computer today wants to know what the top rated laptop computers of 2008 were and even if the 2008 results were disguised by removing the date if you simply put Top rated laptop computers 2012 in your post title (don't use the blog date) you will get a lot more clicks because people searching via organic search are used to getting very stale content and your 2012 will stick out and attract them, and there are ton of people that search with the year in the keyword string to avoid stale content.

      Plus it is much easier to rank for "Top Rated Laptops 2012" than it is "Top Rated Laptops".
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      • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
        As a reader, when I don't see dates, I have no idea whether that article was posted ten hours ago or ten years ago.

        So, as far as dates go, this is how I rank content...

        1) Time-appropriate content. Generally, this is the newest content. Even if something is "evergreen" content, the fact that it was written more recently gives it a little extra value. Also, I can weigh one article against others on the site. For example, if an article was written ten years ago and more recent articles still reference that topic or method, then that gives it extra value because I know that, not only is the person still using that method (or whatever it is) but also that it likely works well if that person has been doing it for the past ten years.

        And, sometimes I may be looking for older content. If I want to read people's thoughts about the Internet in the 1990s, finding an article written in the 1990s may have more value to me than finding an article written a week ago by someone reflecting on what they think they thought back then. So, in that case, the older content is more relevant to what I am looking for because the new content may be less accurate.

        2) Time-challenged content. Generally, this will be older content. If I want to know how to do round corner design on my website, finding an article written ten years ago is going to be less relevant than fresher content. However, the techniques will still likely get the job done, just not as efficiently as they might today. But, seeing a date gives me some indication.

        3) Undated content. With this type of content, I really have no idea as to the time-appropriateness of the content. I don't really know if it's fresh or outdated. And the fact that the website owner seems to want to hide that from me damages credibility. As a result, unless undated content is the only content I can find (unlikely), I will go elsewhere to look for information.

        So, the lack of a date turns me off more than the presence of a date. Exceptions would be stuff like generic information, such as the about me page and stuff like that. Dates can be helpful there, but odds are good that, if you were a child that was heavily into hot rods, you will still have been a child heavily into hot rods ten years from now. That kind of stuff doesn't change.

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  • Profile picture of the author Lightlysalted
    I don't like dates on a blog. Content should appear evergreen. If it a date is on it then it might put visitors off, even though the content within the article/blog post is excellent.
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  • Profile picture of the author moneymakerdude
    try to find a goo theme and install a plugin that might help you out
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  • Depends on whether you're blogging about timeless topics (how to lose weight) or current topics (technology blog).
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  • Profile picture of the author matthewtc
    Hmm good points. I will have to think on it for a bit on my site. Does that date matter in my case? Does it not? Thanks for the process on figuring it out though guys.

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  • Profile picture of the author easternodyssey
    It purely depends on you subject matter. If you have a site which shows breaking news then yes you need it on. However, if your website is releasing articles which are open ended, meaning can be read now or 20 years from now, then keep it on.
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