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I finally got the Google featured snipppet in my targeted keyword! (Yay!)

But here's the problem. My webpage lists two dates:

  • The date of when xxx was originally written (I'm not including the keyword lest anyone think I'm just spamming)
  • The date of a later reprinting.

Google picked the most recent date to answer the question "when was xxx written?"

How can I correct this? If I tamper with it, do I risk losing the featured snipppet?

  • How are you providing this data to Google? Are you using schema markup? – Stephen Ostermiller Aug 24 at 12:28
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The best way is always to keep your data uniform. Google is good in recognizing things, but don't trust it too much.

As for me, i would maintain two dates on the page, stringently using datePublished and dateModified, as Google recommends.

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  • I'm using schema with two "WorkExample"s. One is the original publication, and the other is the most recent reprinting. I'll try deleting the second WorkExample from my schema and just having a datePublished and a dateModified for my first WorkExample... and I'll see if that fixes anything. – Caspian Aug 25 at 21:08
  • I simplified my schema to just have a datePublished and dateModified (no WorkExample). Google still picks the most recent date :(. (I slightly edited my page's content so that I'd know the next time Google crawls my page) – Caspian Aug 26 at 8:49

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