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  • Resolved outcats85

    (@outcats85)


    Hi, I noticed that under a couple of posts I get a weird piece of text in the serp:

    Check here

    The date shouldn’t be there since I’ve completely disabled it, and it not shown in any other posts. Besides that, there is that piece of text that says: uploaded by…

    That is the name of the creator of the product I write about (it’s a review). Why is it shown there besides the date?

    I don’t get this under any other posts or review.
    Thanks

    • This topic was modified 3 months, 3 weeks ago by outcats85.
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  • Plugin Author Sybre Waaijer

    (@cybr)

    Hello!

    There are no structured data types available that could invoke this behavior on Google Search.

    I think Google’s asserting your post automatically via its natural language processor. This means they “understand” your content and add “helpful” data to your snippet automatically.

    I think they asserted it from cues, among text and alt-tags like:

    Image © by <name>
    ...really stunning shots [...] (taken by <name>).
    art of photography <name>
    created by <name>

    They might’ve also asserted data from the image EXIF metadata–but I checked a few images, and it seems your site strips those. But, they could’ve also guessed the date from an (unrelated) image path–and day 17 is the first business day after the middle of the month displayed:

    .../wp-content/uploads/2017/04/<image>.jpg
    

    I’m not aware of any methods that’d remove these without completely emptying your snippet (that’d be nosnippet).

    So, I’m afraid you can only try to work around this issue by changing the content that Google incorrectly assesses. I recommend surrounding some parts of the content you think is unhelpful for the search engine user, by adding a data-nosnippet attribute to that content. See https://developers.google.com/search/reference/robots_meta_tag#data-nosnippet-attr.

    Or, you can leave this be and hope Google improves their AI 😓.

    • This reply was modified 3 months, 3 weeks ago by Sybre Waaijer. Reason: data-nosnippet
    • This reply was modified 3 months, 3 weeks ago by Sybre Waaijer. Reason: autocorrect typo

    Thanks a lot for your clear explanation!

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