How to tell when a webpage was published / last updated

It’s no secret that I work in Influencer Marketing (of sorts). An important part of choosing which Influencer you want to keep engaging with is checking who has been active recently – sure, homeboy may still be getting hundreds of thousands of unique visits a day to his blog, but if the blog is no longer being updated, why would you engage with him? He’s not going to write any more blog posts, so why bother?

Anyway, Google will normally tell you which date an article was published. But sometimes it doesn’t, in which case I found a neat little trick that will help you find out when a page was last modified. This means you can know straight away if the site you’re looking at is recent…

All you have to do is type ” javascript:alert(document.lastModified) “ into your browser’s address bar and it will show you the date the page was published (this works in FF and IE – I did not test any other browsers). Neat.


1 Response to “How to tell when a webpage was published / last updated”

  1. January 29, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Nice trick! Very useful – I will now compulsively do this for every website I visit today.

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