How To Update WordPress Post Date in Bulk (Solutions)

Update WordPress Post Date

Note: Use this trick with caution and for specific categories/websites, as this could have an adverse effect.

  • Do you have a WordPress blog that has evergreen content?
  • Are you aware of the freshness algorithm by Google?

Google’s official blog post announcement stated that the change impacted about 35% of search queries and noticeably affected approximately six to 10% of search queries. Search engine land has a detailed guide on freshness algorithm update, which is worth viewing once.

So what are we trying to achieve here?

WordPress posts has two functions related to timestamp:

Published date and Modified date time stamp.

Depending upon your website theme, you could show either both of one of them.

Here at ShoutMeLoud, I show only updated time stamp, as I spent a significant amount of time updating old content, and keeping them fresh. Adding the freshness to the old content, and updating time stamp often lead to increase in search engine traffic. (Thanks to the freshness algorithm update).

Especially, if you have posts around deals and discounts, updating the time stamp often help in getting more clicks from Google serp, as the updated time stamp is shown.

In this case, everything is done manually, but now we have an option of automatically update the time stamp of posts under specific categories.

Also check out: 6 Ways To Improve CTR in Google Search & Get More Clicks

Bulk Post Update Date WordPress plugin:

Bulk post update date WordPress plugin is a clever WordPress plugin that let you update the timestamp of already published WordPress posts.

It could help you automatically update the time stamp of:

  • Published date
  • Modified date

The plugin author recommends to use modified date feature over Published date, as it is more search engine friendly. And, I do agree with him. However, a lot of netizens suggests to use this feature with a pinch of salt, as this could lead to loss in traffic too.

However, for specific websites (which has not been updated for a while), and is evergreen, this plugin could be beneficial.

The plugin is simple, free and easy to use. Once you have installed the plugin (here is the link), head over to WordPress settings > Bulk post update date, and you would see the following configuration screen:

  • Distribute into last: This option can spread out the update time stamp over a specific period.
  • Select categories: Here, you can select the categories for



This article was written by Harsh Agrawal and originally published on ShoutMeLoud.

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