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How to Remove Date From Google Search Results

One of the most common question asked after my article on recover from Google panda is how we can remove date from Google Search results. Before, I share the solution to this, let me explain in what conditions you should, and why it’s important to remove date from blog posts. If you know, in last 2 years Google added lots of new features in Google search, like author image, Star rating and many more. Over all, now your search engine position is not the only criteria to get traffic, but other factors also contributes in getting more clicks from search results. I have already explained in detailed about this earlier, and if you have missed it, you can read how to increase CTR from Google search.

After Google Panda updates, one thing which is most common about blogs penalised by Panda is, they are showing dates in SERP description. And, this is mostly happened to old blogs, who are publishing from years. One simple reason for the same is, old dates in blog post decreased down the CTR of the post. For example, if you search for anything like “WordPress plugins for SEO“, and you see results dated with 2008, 2010, and 2013. You are more likely to ignore the first two, and click on the results with the latest date.  In the similar scenario, if an article is there without any date, it will get benefit of doubt and hence more click compare to article dated 2008 & 2010. This is no rocket-science, and you can clearly notice this from your own search pattern.

For an example, lets see result for a similar search query here:

remove date from SERPs

You could see results from 2009-2012, and ask yourself which result you are more likely to click on. Despite of having a big name like mashable and Sixrevisions, I would prefer clicking on one with most recent date or one with author picture (Trust factor). Now, lets take another example:

No date in Search result

In this example, battle to get more click is between post with no date, and post dated 2010. Which result you are more likely to click on?

How to remove Date Stamp from Google SERP Description

Above examples are just to prove the point that removing date stamp from your search description will be really helpful to get more CTR. Now, there is one big catch about removing dates is, you need to have a Website with evergreen content. If you are running a news site, where dates plays an important role for good user experience, this technique may backfire on you, and you will be seen as a bad user-experience. So, before you use below given solution, make sure you know what you are doing.

I’m not a coder, and I mostly rely on plugins or easy to follow steps to get things done on my site. Date exclusion SEO is one such WordPress plugin, which makes your work easier, and helps you to remove date from SERP’s. The best thing about this plugin is, it gives few option, which will be very helpful. Though it’s an outdated plugin, but I tried with WordPress 3.5+ for one of my client site, and it worked without any issue. <Plugin link>

Once you have installed date exclusion SEO plugin, you can configure the settings under Settings > date exclusion SEO, and make few changes to make this plugin work for your blog. One of the best thing about this plugin is, you can select to remove date from posts older than x days. This will ensure, your latest content will have dates, and you can remove date stamp from only older posts. It’s a better idea to remove dates from last year content, and for all latest content (ex: 2013 posts), let the date remain intact.

Date exclusion SEO plugin

Once you have set up this plugin, go to Google rich snippet testing tool, and preview your old content. This will confirm you if plugin is working or not. If you wish to show date to your readers, and hide it from Google SERP’s only, you can follow this handy tutorial, which shows how to use javascript to show date stamp in WordPress posts. I will be using the later technique in next iteration of my theme design.  Another advantage of removing date from Google search description is, you get more space for your meta description.

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Personally, I don’t like the idea of removing date from posts, as it gives a bad user-expereince but at times to beat the Panda animal out of your blog, it becomes necessary.

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  • Aditya Nath Jha

    I just had a minor doubt, does removing the dates from only the posts page work well? Because if I don’t remove the dates from my home page then they show up in SERPS. What can I do to show dates on home page and not have the problem of them being shown in SERPS?

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  • Lakshman Teja

    Thanks a lot Harsh for this wonderful guide. I am searching for this plugin from long time and finally found it by a simply search which led me to this page.

    Reply
  • Prem Krishnan P

    Harsh Could you please help me on this … What the purpose to use the date() function , Use the Time() in the Plugin and also let me know Whether We need to enable it for disabling dates in Google Search?

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  • Varna

    So you also removed the date from your article, and couldn’t understand if it’s fresh or not :-)

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    • Harsh Agrawal

      @Varna
      I have to implement Javascript method which will happen with site next re-design. This is one reason, I’m publishing only evergreen content here at ShoutMeLoud.

      Reply
  • Bandung Tas

    Date Exclusion SEO plugin support with wordpress 3.8? because I wear the latest wordpress. I wait for the answer MR.

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    • Harsh Agrawal

      @Bandung
      Though this plugin has not been updated for long, but it works fine with latest version of WordPress (3.8)

      Reply
  • Robb Gorringe

    Sweetness. Just installed it.

    Does anyone know of a plugin to remove the dates/times on Comments?

    Thx,

    Robb

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  • TheInfopedia

    This plugin hasn’t been updated in over 2 years. Is there any other alternative for this plugin

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    • Harsh Agrawal

      Sadly, there is no immediate alternative… But even if it has not been updated, it works great with latest version of WordPress (3.8)

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  • liz

    followed the simple tutorial and it worked , thanks.

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  • Stephen Malan

    Harsh, when I installed the Date Exclusion SEO Plugin, there is no “settings” link to set the parameters that you mention in this post.

    Please advise,

    Thank you,

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  • PrIyAnGsHu

    Looks to be pretty useful plugin. I’m sure that the CTR will improve in the SERPs if we remove date stamps on the search engine result pages, as everyone likes to read fresh posts only. Thanks for letting us know about this plugin, Harsh.

    #PrIyAnGsHu

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  • Altair Goh

    Thanks for sharing this article, Harsh. This is really an eye-opener for me. Didn’t know that dates could be removed by the use of this plug-in. Neat stuff. ;)

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  • Duyu NImey

    yeah it is really helpful plugins, very often we people when we start a new blog, its hard to post regularly, but the most of the readers will not click on the the year old or even month old post, so its very better to remove the date of the post. so that readers will not feel defiance by the date of the post
    thank you Mr Agarwal

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  • Chandan Sanwal

    It’s a good idea if someone’s blog affected by Panda and also new tip for most of us. Thanks for Sharing Harsh.!!

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  • Animesh Roy

    Hi Harsh great insight to fight with PANDA. But here I have a question in my blog I am planning to write a mixture of evergreen articles with latest news with analysis then how to apply this technique ? Is there a technique which works for both ? I am quite confused how to apply this. Please help me out.

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  • Rohit Singh

    Hi Harsh, Is Date Exclusion SEO plugin is compatible with the WordPress latest versions??? Its not working with WP 3.5.1….. :(

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    • Harsh Agrawal

      @Rohit
      It is…I have tried on Thesis theme running 3.5.1 and it did what it suppose to….

      Reply
  • S.Pradeep Kumar

    Great strategy bro! I can see the date on homepage posts bro, doesn’t that affect this? :)

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  • Sunith Babu

    Hi,

    Just wanted to know, how long will it take to take to remove dates from the search result in Google.

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    • Darrel Andrews

      I would like to know this as well. I just installed the plugin and followed these instructions but the dates still show in the Google search results. I’m guessing that they will be removed when your site next gets crawled, yes? yes?

      Reply
  • Sahil

    Great plugin for increasing excerpt length in search results.

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  • Rupali

    Thanx for sharing such a usefull plugins to remove date from blog description. I never heard before about these plugins.

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  • Sunitha

    Dear Harash
    Now with this plugin we can convert old articles into fresh one.. Once again you prove why we love SML.
    Excellent Plugin and Great Article written. Thanks

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  • koj

    Hello Harsh, a firm follower of SML, I am commenting on your blog for the first time. Just started a Blog, all inspired by you.
    “Though it’s an outdated plugin, but I tried…”. When the plugin holds so much importance, as your post revealed, then why would we rate it Outdated? Just a thought!!!

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    • Harsh Agrawal

      @KOj
      I said it’s outdated in the context that this plugin has not been updated from long… Infact last updated date is: 2009-4-6
      Despite of the fact this plugin is useful, it may or may not have issues with latest version of WordPress…. So far, it looks good and worked like charm..but it definitely needs an update….

      Reply
  • Utkarsh Bhatt

    Is there a way to remove dates without installing any plugins. I use GENESIS for Wordpress.

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    • Chandramouli Dixit

      @Utkarsh Bhatt
      Go to funtions.php in your genesis theme and look for ->
      $post_info = ‘[post_date] by [post_author_posts_link] [post_comments] [post_edit]‘;
      return $post_info;
      remove ” [post_date]” from the code line .

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  • Chitraparna

    Harsh, will this conflict with any other plugins? Or the permalink structure of individual URL’s?

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    • Harsh Agrawal

      @Chitraparna
      I have not seen any compatibility issues with custom permalink using this plugin.

      Reply
  • RC Organo

    Hi Harsh, I always wanted to try this step but I am not too sure how it is going to affect my blog site. But since I have plans on making a new site then probably I will give this a shot.

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  • Robin

    followed the simple tutorial and it worked :) thanks for the plugin suggestion harsh.

    Robin.

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  • Sid

    Ohh, it’s kinda fresh information to me. I’ve noticed that some of my posts don’t show dates in SERPs but some does. I think it’s due to importing posts from my old blog, which is died. However let me hide all post dates. Thanks Harsh.

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