How to Remove Date stamp from Google Search Results Description

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.

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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.

Cover your date with a JavaScript Tag- I guess you already know that google does not read anything within the <script> tags, and hence inserting the date method into this tag while rendering the html for you web page will stop google from reading the displayed date. It looks like the code given below.

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.

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Comments

  1. arafin shaon says:

    Like you I’m using also using genesis @Mazhar. You mentioned in the post to remove date stamp we have to remove the_time(‘F j, Y’) code from index.php file. Genesis index.php file is empty. Would you kindly tell me how you did it with genesis & I see its nicely working. Waiting for your response.

  2. Hi Mazhar.
    thanks for a great post :-)

    I’m using Agency child theme.
    Unfortunately I can’t find there to edit and cover my date in the funktions.php file, in child theme.
    Can you help?

  3. Ifty says:

    Hello, I just complete this step but I am worry about my existing articles. Can I change anything extra to remove dates from my previous posts that already indexed by google?

  4. Arman says:

    useful article, thanks

  5. Jim Luthra says:

    How can we remove timestamp from google snippets if we use blogger platform?

  6. Ben Jamir says:

    Your article is great but there is one more article which contradicts yours
    What would you say about this article: http://www.wpbeginner.com/opinion/why-you-should-not-remove-dates-from-your-wordpress-blog-posts/
    Your frank and precise opinion will be appreciated.

    • Mazhar says:

      Hi Ben, Thanks for pitching in. Well, it all depends on the content. If you are running a website/blog which has time less content, then you can remove the published date. Otherwise you can publish the date and time..

  7. Thanks for the post. That’s totally a way to do that. Thing is, if you change your WordPress theme, it’ll stop working. Plus you can mess things up. I just did trying to implement the tip :) You can also just install a small WordPress plugin that does the trick just fine. It’s called WP Date Remover. You can download it here:

    http://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-post-date-remover/

    It works with the latest version of WordPress just fine. No need to set up anything. It’ll just remove dates both from your posts and pages. If that’s exactly what you want, it’s the way to go. Sure thing, if you need to tweak it up just a bit, you’ll need to contact the developer or learn some coding.

    • Mazhar says:

      As a Hard and Fast rule. The Loading time of your website increases with the increase of plugins, if prefer using plugins only as a last resort

  8. Generally I do not read post on blogs, however I wish to ssay that this write-up very compelled mee
    to try and do so! Your writing style has been surprised me.
    Thanks, very great article.

  9. Thanks a lot for this guide. Searching for this guide from a week and finally found it :)

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