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  • #108647

    afinevo
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    Hello everyone. This question has been raised in the past by many others without any solid answers so I’m going to give it another try for myself.

    I keep getting the following error message: “Error: Missing required field “updated” in Webmaster tools.

    I’m running the older Eleven40 theme and I’ve been searching everywhere looking for an answer to this. Has anyone had any luck solving this problem? There seem to be answers out there for the standard WP default themes, but nothing that I have found for Genesis.

    Thanks.

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    #108655

    braddalton
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    Its because the updated date has not been included in the published date output.

    The tool scans the source code and doesn’t find that field so that’s why your get an error.


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    #108671

    afinevo
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    Hey Brad. I understand from trying to solve this problem that it’s missing the updated date somewhere. The question I have is why and most importantly, how to solve it?

    Is this one of those things that has no effect in terms of SEO and can be ignored or is it a valid error that should be fixed?

    #108677

    braddalton
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    It could affect SEO because updated content may be better qaulity.

    You can add a updated date using this code


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    #108685

    afinevo
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    Great info Brad, I missed this one on your site. Question though – is there a way to satisfy the search engines without having the date post every time you update? If for example you decided to modify images, advertising, or small errors on a variety of pages one day, you will have a bundle of posts that will look to the viewer like they were all posted on the same day.

    After following your instructions I substituted the [modified_date] short code in for the [post_date] short code assuming that was the correct thing to do to satisfy the error code from Webmaster Tools. If I leave the [post_date] short code as it was, will it still correct the error?

    Thanks again.

    #108689

    braddalton
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    No i think it will look for updated date in the source code so you need to output that but it doesn’t need to be done on the front end so you can hide it using CSS.


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    #108797

    afinevo
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    Well I updated a post today and it shows the new post date. I went to Webmaster Tools and ran their live data test and it’s still returning the same error message. Suggestions?

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    #109320

    sdbroker
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    @braddalton – Hey Brad, does the update code work on pages too or it only works on posts? After reading this, I just looked at the Yoast’s XML sitemap for pages and I saw that they never update. It reports that last update was the page’s creation date… even the ones that are manually updated with new content on a daily basis.

    #109344

    braddalton
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    You could add a conditional check to make sure it checks pages as well.


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