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articles that were written in 2014 appear as recent activity on personapaper.

So, I was reading from recent activity and came across two posts that had been originally created back in the year 2014. Well, a lot of time has passed since that time. It was like taking a trip on memory lane, so to speak.

My question to ask is , "How does an article, written 4 years ago appear as RECENT ACTIVITY?"

The only answer I can come up with is someone recently read the article and posted it here. It would be difficult to do a followup on an article that is so old. Usually dated articles are also closed to comments on most sites.

I have Google searched a few different subjects , only to find a social media interaction or forum on the topic on a list and realize the topic was old and no longer accepting comments as the discussion had been closed. And yet the article remains listed on search engines.

That brings me to the next question ... "How long and how old can an article online be before people just stop reading it?"

Do search engines keep lists of older articles and if so how far back in time do they keep them on record? Maybe the wayback machine is the best way to find out.

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MegL wrote on March 12, 2018, 12:28 PM

I think in the case of the articles that appeared here, the person decided to remove the content for some reason. By doing such a big edit, I assume the article was seen as "new" even though it doesn't have enough characters. It's a shame because the front page was looking good until articles with "delete" appeared! The articles had comments so presumably, the original article had some content. As to "why?", I can only assume they wanted to post it elsewhere but most of those types of articles have a limited shelf life. Some articles are "evergreen" and people will search for them and read them for ever. Writing an evergreen article should be an ambition because if you keep promoting it, people will keep reading it.

VinceSummers wrote on March 12, 2018, 1:42 PM

Frankly, if an article has already appeared elsewhere, I believe it is largely "discounted" as of little to no value. So it was a waste of time to grab the material and run. Perhaps with the exception that, if the material is re-written and given a new title, it might have a chance.

melody23 wrote on March 13, 2018, 10:24 AM

Age really is just a number when it comes to the great world of the internet. What matters is relevance, google assumes that if people are reading an article it must still be relevant and it will show it higher in search results. Often when you search a particular topic, the most recent result is not the most relevant (the way google works it out anyway) and therefore you will be shown something older. The truth of the matter is that peoples behaviour online is the only way google has to measure anything so articles with higher views and lower bounce rates will appear above something new at least in the short term until the newer article has picked up some views

Bensen32 wrote on May 1, 2018, 3:40 PM

I noticed that here and really everywhere it happens, like when someone comments on it, the article will move up and so something that was written a while ago could still stay towards the top if people keep commenting on it now and then.