CS70 wrote:Just as an argument with the aforementioned powers: there's no way google would be interested in the date as shown textually in a web page and even less where it is in the page.
Of course it would. Google is *incredibly* invested in extracting as much value out of an indexed page as possible - the more data points, the more an informed decision it can make about the content.
CS70 wrote:If for some reason google would actually scan the content text for something that resembles a date format (which I seriously doubt)
Why would you doubt it? It's not exactly a hard thing to implement...
CS70 wrote:There's no way that google may penalize a page because of the position of some text into it. :)
It's not really a case of "penalizing" as such, Google is trying to present the best results of value to the user, and the publication dates are one such piece of information, among the thousands of others Google scores to compute a page rank.
It will be of less importance than other things, but generally, content found lower down is regarded to be of less importance by Google's algorithms, so likely a publication data at the foot of an article becomes one more piece of text, whereas if it was by the headline, it could more likely be interpreted as a publication date stamp.