How to Remove Date Stamp from Google Search Results

Before we get in to discussing options on how to remove date stamp from Google Search Results, it is important that you decide if your blog or website require a date stamp on its posts or pages. Leaving the time stamps on a news related website is a must. But informational blog such as DigiTap.net might benefit without the time stamp on its posts.

Here is an example of a post with the date stamp.

How to Remove Date Stamp from Google Search Results

Here is the same post without the date stamp.

How to Remove Date Stamp from Google Search Results

After the last Google Search algorithm update, many of the blogs started resurfacing on Google Search Results. But the time stamps on posts (dates back few years in some cases) have discouraged the readers from clicking on your blog or website. Take a look for yourself. I Googled the term “top Adsense plugin for WordPress“.

How to Remove Date Stamp from Google Search Results

The first result shows a recent date and second result shows a date from 2013. It is obvious that most readers would click on the first result since it is recently dated. Number 1 position on Google Search Results gets average 35% of the all search traffic while 2nd position gets about 20%. Only 10% of search traffic click on 3rd position.

In this case, 2nd position holds an article from 2013 and 3rd position holds an article with no post date. Average reader more likely to click on 3rd position over 2nd position since the 2nd position holds a date from 2013. If the 2nd position did not have a date stamp, it would have benefited with more traffic. The 3rd position is draining all the traffic from 2nd position while benefiting from removing the post date stamp. So it is important that you decide if your blog would indeed benefit from removing date stamp from its posts.

Now lets discuss how to remove date stamp from Google Search Results. There are many ways to do this. Below I will describe few methods that have worked for me in the past.

 

Method 1 – Through theme options

Check your WordPress theme settings. Many themes offer an option what meta info to shows and hide. I use Schema – Fastest SEO Theme Available for WordPress. Navigate to Appearance>Theme Options>Single Posts>Disable Post Date. This will remove all post dates.

 

Method 2 – Using a WordPress Plugin

Plugin 1 – WP Meta and Date Remover

This WordPress plugin gives you the option to remove all meta data including the date. Simply install the plugin and go to settings.

Plugin 2 – WP Author, Date and Meta Remover

It is a very simple to use WordPress plugin. Simply install the plugin and activate. You can manage what information to remove through the Plugin Settings.

 

Method 3 – Using a custom PHP code

This is one of the easiest way to hide post date from Google Search Results. I will also explain how you can hide dates from posts older than specific amount of days. Add the following code to your WordPress single.php file.

Step 1 – Lets start with the date function:

<?php the_date(); ?>

Step 2 – Now lets add a conditional statement which only shows the date if the post is less than 180 days old:

<?php if(strtotime( get_the_date() ) > strtotime( "180 days ago" )) {
        the_date();
} ?>

Step 3 – Finally, lets add another conditional statement for posts less than 180 days old OR add-date custom field exists, which will then show the date:

<?php if((get_post_meta($post->ID, 'add-date', true)) || strtotime( get_the_date() ) > strtotime( "180 days ago" )) {
        the_date();
} ?>

This should do the trick. Of course you can choose the amount of days as you prefer. Simply replace 180 with your preferred number of days.

 

One of the methods mentioned above should help you remove date stamp from Google Search Results. We recommend that you follow method 3 and use a custom PHP code than an outdated WordPress plugin. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to list them in comments section below.

Also read: 4 Ways to Find Out How Much Traffic a Website Gets

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12 Responses

  1. Hi Chad, if I’m using one of the plugins, how would I know if it worked after installing it and activating it? I agree with you on the point that method 3 is better than to use an outdated plugin. However, the theme I am currently using doesn’t a straightforward single.php file. I’m not sure definitely where to search for the file with the code to output single post. And if I manage to find it, how and where should I insert the code? Should I insert it right at the top or can I just insert it anywhere?

  2. Hi I’m using HubSpot for my blogs. Would method #3 remove the publish date altogether from the blog article itself? Or would it only hide the date on Google search results?

    Thanks in advance.

  3. Really appreciate this guide… Just curious though – when did you write this article? Are the suggestions you provided still relevant in 2018? (I’m thinking about implementing Method #3 outlined here). I’d like the dates to display for recent posts in Google Search, but not older ones.

    Just edit my PHP code with what you’ve provided and I’m good to go?

    Thanks for providing this information Chad.

  4. Hi Bro
    I am little bit confuse on Method – 3
    I can paste either Step-2 or Step-3 code in single.php file
    or
    I can paste both Step-2 and Step-3 code in single.php file

  5. Hi Chad,
    Your methods for date removal in WP blog are very good & easily understood. Updating PHP code directly may be risky for new blogger or programmer. This is useful information to improve SERP.

    It may increase website traffic & it is good for website having ever green content. I tried it for my few websites because my traffic was decreasing.

  6. am going to try out this one.. I checked shoutmeloud .com regarding how to remove date and they are referring me to use date exclusive seo, when I checked the plugin – I noticed it was out last updated 8 years ago.

    I must say this is the beat piece I’ve seen so far and will definitely try it on my new site – because am targeting evergreen content..

    thanks

  7. Great post!! It was really helpful reading this blog but the thing is if the news and blogs are on the same platform then what we should do. Should we put on individually? As we are majorly into the stock market news and services so it is required to show some dates while others not. It would be great if you could help us in any way looking at the website. Kalkinemedia.com

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