Support » Plugin: Yoast SEO » [Plugin: WordPress SEO by Yoast] How to get rid of post date in meta description

  • Resolved Michael P


    I just switched over to using the Yoast plugin a few weeks back.

    All of my title/meta descriptions are displaying properly except that I can’t stop the date from showing in search results.

    Under “title settings,” I ticked the “Force rewrite titles” box and entered the tag %%excerpt%% for the meta description template; for both posts and pages. I made sure everything was saved properly, that was 2 weeks ago.

    The post date is showing up is serps for posts only, not pages.

    If you Google the search term–PROBIOTICS BRANDS– (from the US), my post from the domain is the first result.

    You’ll see the date displayed (which I want to get rid of). It was last cached on Dec. 16th.

    And modifications I made to the title tag and meta description are updated. The capital letters and the >> in the title are an example. I also changed the first letter of each word to capitals in the meta description.

    So I’m sure the meta description has been updated. And I only made those changes a few days ago and they are showing. I tried to remove the post dates over 2 weeks ago.

    I’m not very tech savvy, so if I’m missing something dumb, then I apologize. 🙂

    I’m using the Suffusion theme.

    Btw, just wanted to say thanks for this great plugin. Definitely better than All in One.

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  • Just wanted to add that the date is showing up for every one of my posts on every site, not just the one I mentioned.

    Thanks again.

    Plugin Author Joost de Valk


    The only way of forcing the date to not show up is by removing it from your single post template.

    Hello Joost. I appreciate the response. But I’m still a little bit at a loss.

    The post date only started appearing when I switched to the Yoast Seo Plugin.

    I used the stock Suffusion settings for a year, and the dates were never displayed.

    I also used All In One Seo, and that also never displayed the post date before the meta description.

    Where should I look in the single post template? Could you give me a heads up?

    Would be much appreciated..



    I have the same issue. I’ve used other plugins and never had an issue with the date showing up. I need to get it removed as it dates my site.


    Can you elaborate on how to make this happen? I’m also slow to remove the post date from the template. Will it re-arrange all of my posts?

    Any help would be much appreciated.


    Any update here?

    Mike were you able to figure this out?


    Same poblem with my blog
    please guide

    Plugin Author Joost de Valk


    There’s only one way of doing this: removing the date from the page entirely.

    There’s only one way of doing this: removing the date from the page entirely.

    how do you do this joost?

    [ Please do not bump, it’s not permitted here. ]

    Surprised to hear you say this because up until very recently, your SEO plugin removed the date in the snippet. Now it’s back again. Something must have changed in your plugin or in how Google is getting this info.

    cmalamed do you know how to get rid of this? i’m using a custom template and all of the above got me nowhere… do you edit the yoast settings or do you delete something in the theme editor?

    I believe you remark out the <date> part of the single page template, but I know you can crash your site by remarking out the wrong code. I suggest you ask the people who made your theme. That’s what I’m doing. Also hoping Joost will answer sometime and modify the plugin to what it used to do.

    Ocala Website Designs


    Is it me or for some reason I seem to remember a check box that removed the date from posts in yoast seo … I can’t find it now and was thinking I was going crazy!

    I don’t think there is a check box (i’ve never seen one)…

    I need all the dates on my website because that’s what drives which post shows up in specific orders etc…

    I haven’t gotten a decent answer on this yet and if I don’t get one soon enough I may just have to switch over to a different plugin. I can’t have dated meta descriptions in google while trying to sell info to a visitor that is current.

    Look forward to any help.


    Ocala Website Designs


    I found the check box in 1.1.5 or so, it was listed as:
    “Disable date in snippet preview for posts”

    In the general settings, one of my old sites still had the older version. I thought I was going crazy as the date is now showing in the snippet preview. I was under the impression that it also stopped it from displaying in google search results …

    Are you sure the date isn’t just showing up in the snippet preview only and not in google search results? Someone please confirm this before we switch plugins or go crazy trying to edit the theme template… The date may only be showing up in the snippet preview which doesn’t matter.

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