said 1 year, 5 months ago:
@abigailgorton was for a mix of things. SEO was a consideration. My weird obsession with neatness probably played a fact.
The biggest reason though is a good deal of my traffic is coming from Google and many of my posts are less about timeliness and more about information so in terms of credibility I didn’t think it added much to have someone feel like they were reading “old” stuff. I also get a very good amount of traffic from Stumble Upon – and same deal – no need for those visitors to feel like they are getting dated information. Having the date added nothing and in fact actually made my links longer.
I also saw that just like with scenario of Krisi’s client, it will be easier to change/update my links – I started to have a few duplicate posts floating out there etc…
Lastly, I think my links now look nicer. And yes, I do think that matters. Not a huge factor in outcomes and I suppose someone with more traffic could actually measure that to confirm.
From what I’ve read, and granted I’m not the expert on this (any SEO experts want to chime in feel free to do so) the dates in your links are much more important if you are regularly publishing timely content (like a news site).
Am I right? The verdict is still out as it’s only been a few days but I suspect now that WordPress if offering this as a valid permalink structure you’ll start to see more blogs adopt this permalink structure.