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Date Appearing before Meta Description on SERP

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Hi Guys,

 

I recently noticed with a few sites that I have built, using Wordpress. The date for Pages have started appearing on the SERP just before the Meta Description (see screenshot below).

I always expected the date to appear for Posts, but I never really expected the date to appear for Pages. I'm not a fan of the date showing for Pages and would prefer there to be more space for the Meta Description.

Does anyone know if there is a way of controlling this?

 

 

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Re: Date Appearing before Meta Description on SERP

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Hi Tom,
welcome to the Google Analytics Community :-)

I think with WordPress, it comes down to the theme and whether the date or other entry meta information is included in the template for single static pages. You may need to create a child theme so you can make edits and create a new template that doesn't include the date information.

 

If you are using an SEO plugin like Yoast's SEO then there is an option in that, to either allow or disallow dates in the snippets.

 

For further non Google Analytics related help with WordPress, the best place to ask would either be via whoever gives support for your theme, or the support forums on wordpress.org 
https://wordpress.org/support/

 

For SEO related questions, you are best to ask on the Webmaster Central Help Forum

https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!forum/webmasters

 

Thanks
Bronwyn :-)

 

Bronwyn Vourtis, Google Analytics Top Contributor
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Re: Date Appearing before Meta Description on SERP

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Hi Bronwyn,

Thank you and Thank you for the information!

I am using Yoast. I didn't realise there was such an option, do you know if this removes the date from all snippets (i.e Posts and Pages?).

Many Thanks,
Tom

Re: Date Appearing before Meta Description on SERP

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Hi Tom Smiley Happy
There are separate settings for posts and pages, available under Titles and Metas > Post Types.
You may want to have a read through the plugins Knowledge Base for the plugin is here
http://kb.yoast.com/category/42-wordpress-seo
for further help with this plugin the support thread for the plugin on wordpress.org is here
https://wordpress.org/support/plugin/wordpress-seo

Thanks
Bronwyn
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