Google shows date before description tag in search results

I’m using a Wordpress platform for my blog and I’ve noticed that Google is showing the date of the page before the description tag in the search results for some of my pages. Here is a screenshot to understand what I talking about :

I’m really scared that this can affect my CTR in the google searchresults in a negative way. Does anybody know how can I remove that?

P.S - I’m using All in One SEO Pack plugin for generating meta tags.

That’s one way of looking at it. Another is to see the benfits to the searcher of seeing this useful information. If date of publication is a factor in a searcher’s decision to click on a link, then I think it’s a good idea to display it. Yes, it might impact on your CTR, but the search engines aren’t (primarily) there to serve webmasters.

I don’t think there is a way to remove the date, as it seems to be a deliberate attempt by Google to display useful information. I’ve only noticed this on blogs so you could always mess with your theme to remove the publish date from each page yourself. Or use a platform other than a blog. I’ve just checked a joomla site I own and no dates are displayed for those pages, even though publish dates get stamped to the articles.

I would just accept it. :slight_smile:

The fact that you are (despite what you state) not using custom meta descriptions (in fact no meta descriptions at all) on your posts means that you are signalling to Google to automagically create their own.

Have you removed them (or changed the plugin settings) since you posted this here?

I’m using the plugin to automatically generate the meta descriptions for me. My blog has lots of posts, I can’t add a description for each post.

I haven’t done anything to the plugin.

Even with meta descriptions present, my Wordpress blogs show this date. At least the ones in which I allow the date to get calculated/rendered. If you don’t think it important that readers know when you published your posts, think about removing the date from them.

You should have different meta data for each page, though.

Thats the ways Google index my website too.

Why would you worry about that? seriously?

Even with meta descriptions present, my Wordpress blogs show this date. At least the ones in which I allow the date to get calculated/rendered. If you don’t think it important that readers know when you published your posts, think about removing the date from them.


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