How to Show Blog Post’s Last Updated Date in Google?

Last Updated on 3rd November 2022 by Ajmer Singh

Have you ever faced this situation: “You published an article in 2021 and updated it in 2022 but google still displays the published date”

Or sometimes no date as well.

So, how to show blog post updated date in Google?

Don’t worry this is common. In this article, I will show you an easy way to display the updated date on google.

I am using this plugin “WP Last Modified Info” to display my post’s updated dates on google and other search engines.

After this plugin setup, you will be able to show modified dates like this,

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WP Last Modified Info plugin settings and Configuration!

1. Install & Activate

wp last modified info plugin settings

First of all, you have to install and activate this plugin.

Go to plugins – add new – search last modified – install WP Last Modified Info – activate.

Now let’s set up every settings tab one by one.

2. Posts

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wp last modified info plugin settings

Show info on frontend: Enable

Enable this option if you want to show the last modified info on your posts.

Modified info display method: Before content

You can select after content, replace the published date, or manually insert the info anywhere using the short code.

I prefer before content but after all, it’s your choice.

Modified info format for posts: Traditional format

The traditional format is what I use but you can also use a human readable format according to your preference.

Modified info date time format: jS F Y

You can change the format from your wordpress settings – general – date/time format.

WordPress Basic Settings For Beginners in 2022

Published and modified time gap: 1 day (24 hours)

Select the gap between published time and modified time.

If the modified time is greater than the published time + gap, then it shows the last modified info on the frontend.

Show last modified author as: Last modified author

I am the only author on my website so I select the last modified author. If you have multiple authors then select custom author.

Disable output on Archives: You can select pages here where you don’t want to show the last modified info like homepage.

HTML template to display: You can use this code to display manually. 

You can also modify this code using the given tags below this option.

Enable for post types: Posts

You can enable this option to show the last modified info on posts, pages, layouts etc. 

3. Template Tag

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You can use the template tag in your theme template files or Gutenberg Block on your posts to display the last modified info.

Last modified info format for posts: Traditional format

Last modified info date time format: jS F Y

Display last modified author name: Last modified author

HTML template for template tags: Select the default code or modify using the given tags.

4. Schema

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JSON-LD Schema markup mode: Creative mode

Set the JSON-LD Markup mode if you want to show the last modified info to search engines.

If you already have an SEO plugin or a Schema Plugin on your site, then you can use this option.

In this mode, this plugin will try to convert the post published date output of any SEO or Schema plugin to the post modified date.

This is dynamically applied when the content is displayed, and the stored content is not changed.

Tested with Yoast SEO, Rank Math, All in One SEO Pack, SEOPress, Schema and many other plugins.

SEO Framework Plugin Settings & Configuration for WordPress 2022

Select post types for JSON-LD markup: Posts

5. Notification

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Enable notification on post update:

Enable this if you want to receive an email notification if anyone makes changes to any post on your blog.

Best for multiple author blogs.

6. Misc

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Show modified info on admin bar: Not necessary

Hide plugins last modified info: Not necessary

Default admin post sorting order: Default order

Default frontend post sorting order: Default order

Post date time change or removal: Do nothing

Custom CSS code: If required or you are good at codes

Delete plugin data if uninstallation: Enabling this will delete all the data of this plugin when you delete it.

7. Tools

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Toggle disable update option: This will enable or disable the “Disable Update” option for all posts and pages.

Not recommended if you don’t know what you are doing.

Export settings: Export the plugin settings for this site as a .json file.

This allows you to easily import the configuration into another site.

Import settings: Import the plugin settings from a .json file.

This file can be obtained by exporting the settings on another site using the form above.

Reset settings: Not recommended.

Resetting will delete all custom options to the default settings of the plugin in your database.

Conclusion

WP Last modified info is the best plugin to show and display updated and modified dates on your blog posts.

Which is significantly used by Google to display in the search engine.

Have more questions? Use the comments section.

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