How to remove date from meta description

seoguy81

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When my results show in Google for the respective keywords, in the meta description I see the date as well. Is there a way to remove the date?

Example meta description shows up as:

15 Jun 2009 ... My meta description

I use FV Simplr SEO and very pleased with it.. Would like to know if there's a hack for this.Also, is this is a good or a bad thing? From my view, I think if people see such kind of date they might think that it's an old article and chances of being clicked are reduced.
 

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Are you using wordpress?

You can easily modify your theme :)
 

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Yes i'm using wordpress. And it's a custom theme. But i've been having this problem for quite a while and I have changed themes in the past. But the date still continues to show
 

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You need to edit the theme, usually the header. There will be auto generated meta info in there, delete it and manually add what you want.
 

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Hi guys, i checked the search term and also the page it takes me to. I see the 'view source' and here are the results:

1) I had changed the meta description few days ago. Google still shows old meta desc.
2) Webmaster tools show me 500 impressions for this term and<10 clicks (I think it's obvious why)

Would appreciate any help on this bit.
 

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Update: I use the XML Sitemap plugin. here there's an option that states

"Include the last modification time. This is highly recommended and helps the search engines to know when your content has changed. This option affects all sitemap entries."

Would this be the problem? Also is it a good practice to show dates in the meta description?
 

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This info will be interesting for a lot of people here.
Hope somebody will reveil it?
 

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If you already changed it just be patient, it can take like 2 weeks for G to update your change in search results but it will happen.
 

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Hi guys, i checked the search term and also the page it takes me to. I see the 'view source' and here are the results:

1) I had changed the meta description few days ago. Google still shows old meta desc.
2) Webmaster tools show me 500 impressions for this term and<10 clicks (I think it's obvious why)

Would appreciate any help on this bit.
check the cached date
 

seoguy81

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Cache date is 16 May 2011, so I guess i'll have to wait for a while and see the update.

Oh and this reminds me. I was using a certain WP theme which might be the culprit for the dates. Anyways, will check on this and get back with my findings.

Thanks a ton.
 

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Found this mod by the way, for those who want search engines to not put out the date on the meta desc.

Original Code found usually in single.php

HTML:
<div class=?post-meta-data?> Added <?php the_time(?M j, Y?);?>, Under: <?php the_category(?,?)?></div>

Modified Code that displays date as usual but SE's wont.

HTML:
<div class=?post-meta-data?> Added <script  language=?javascript? type=?text/javascript?>  document.write(?<?php the_time(
 

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You can modify your theme. Go to header.php and remove the php code for the meta date there :)
 

seoguy81

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You can modify your theme. Go to header.php and remove the php code for the meta date there :)

Not always. I've learnt that it's theme specific. The previous theme I used didn't have the meta date in there, but single.php had hence the date was being added to Google's searches
 
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