A lot of WordPress users, bloggers and webmasters are not happy with Google displaying the date of articles on the search results description also called as Google Snippets. If you are a professional blogger and you blog at least once or twice everyday then you may not have a problem with this, but for people who blog or update their websites once or twice a week, then your Click Through Rate [CTR] on the search results page is prone to go down for older posts. Say that you have written an article 2 years back and you rank at the first position on the Google SERPs and there is another article on the same topic from some other website written a week back, then the user will obviously prefer to read the latest article, hence bringing down your CTR on google search.
How Google automatically detects the date to display on the search results?
Well, Google can pretty much read everything displayed in text from any website, and the date for an article, post, music or a video on a website is displayed in text as well. And hence google automatically takes this displayed date into consideration and shows the same in the search results page.
How to Remove Date from Google Search Snippets?
Well, there is a work around to Remove Date stamp from Google results, and the first answer might seem too obvious. There are two ways i would recommend to avoid date being displayed.
Remove date from WordPress Post or your website article page - If you feel that there is no need to displaying date on the article page on your website, then get rid of the date from being printed on your website or wordpress blog. If you are using a wordpress powered blog then, open your wordpress themes index.php file and search for the piece of code which prints the date. It usually look like the_time(‘F j, Y’) , delete or comment this method.
However, please do note that the dates for pages already crawled by google will keep displaying on the search description for quite some time. I hope this tutorial was useful to Remove Date stamp from Google SERPs, please comment below if you have any queries regarding this or related topics.