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How to Find the Publishing date of Web Pages

By-Naman Agarwal

May 18, 2020

Most of the articles and blogs include the original publishing date in the article or blog itself. However, in situations where the publishing date is not available/given, or if you think that perhaps the printed time is wrong or incorrect. Then Google is the key to end the journey of our query. Google can tell the date when a web page first appeared on the Web. You can use a simple Google trick to find the publishing date of web pages or websites.

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There are three dates that are associated with any web page that is public on the Internet or you can say published on the internet:

1. The indexed date – This is the date when search engine crawlers, like the Googlebot or the Bing Bot, first find that web page on the Internet. It is the fact that Google has become so good at everything. Google is so good at crawling the fresh content; the date of first-crawl is the same as the actual publication date.

2. The publication date – This is the date when an article or web page is first uploaded (published) on to a public website. Where anyone(search engine and humans) can find and access that page.

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3. The cache date – This was the date when the Googlebot last crawled a web page. Search engines re-crawl web pages every few days or weeks, or sometimes multiple times a day, if the website is a news website, to check if the content has been updated or changed.

Steps to Find the Date when WebPage was Published

Step 1. Go to google.com and copy-paste the full URL of any web page in the search box and prefix it (add this operation in starting of the webpage URL) with the inurl: operator.

For example, if the URL of the page is page is:

https://www.nalfrost.com

You should write the URL in the Google Search box as:

inurl:https://www.nalfrost.com

Press the Search button and the URL in your browser address bar would read something like this:

https://www.google.com/search?q=inurl:https://www.nalfrost.com

Step 2. Now go your browser’s address bar and then press Ctrl+L on Windows or Cmd+L on Mac – and append (add) &as_qdr=y25 to the end of the Google search URL. Press enter again.

The modified Google search URL would look like this:

https://www.google.com/search?q=inurl:https://www.nalfrost.com&as_qdr=y25

The as_qdr=y25 parameter instructs Google to do a date-based search and retrieve pages that have been indexed by the Googlebot in the past 25 years (in other words, everything).

Step 3. Now, Google will load the search results again, but this time, you’ll see the changed and real publication date of the web page. The publication date will appear next to the title in Google search results. You can see the above screenshot.

Note that if the content of a web page was updated after the first Google crawl. Then, the publishing date may indicate the date when it was most recently edited by the website and not the date when it was first indexed or published on the Internet.

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Written by -Naman Agarwal
Hi, I am Naman Agarwal the owner of NalFrost. A blog that helps you master the art of Blogging. Join our Telegram Community and stay connected with other like-minded bloggers.
2 Comments
  1. Vasu

    That’s a cool tip. Thanks for that

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  2. Sanchit Goel

    thank you for this information.

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