How to Add Date on Google Search in WordPress

To add date on Google search results for your WordPress site, you’ll need to ensure that your content is properly structured with metadata, specifically the “datePublished” and “dateModified” properties. Google uses this information to display dates in search results.

Here are the steps to add the date to Google searches in WordPress:

1. Ensure Proper Date Settings in WordPress:

  • Go to your WordPress dashboard.
  • Navigate to “Settings” > “General.”
  • Make sure the correct timezone is selected, as it can affect how dates are displayed.

2. Use an SEO Plugin:

  • Install and activate an SEO plugin like Yoast SEO or Rank Math. Both plugins allow you to set up metadata for your posts.

Instructions for Yoast SEO Plugin

Instructions for Rank Math Plugin

3. Configure SEO Plugin Settings:

  • Once the plugin is activated, go to the plugin’s settings page.
  • Look for settings related to metadata or social media.
  • Enable the option to include the datePublished and dateModified properties.

4. Review Individual Post Settings:

  • When creating or editing a post, scroll down to the SEO settings provided by the plugin.
  • Check if there are options to set the publication date and last modification date. Ensure these are correctly set.

5. Check Your Theme:

  • Some themes might have their settings for displaying dates. Check your theme settings to make sure it’s configured to show dates on posts.

6. Update and Verify:

7. Submit Sitemap to Google Search Console:

  • If you haven’t already, submit your sitemap to Google Search Console. This helps Google discover and index your content more efficiently.

8. Be Patient:

  • It may take some time for Google to crawl and re-index your pages with the updated metadata. Be patient and monitor your search results over time.

By following these steps, you should be able to ensure that the correct date information is included in your WordPress site’s metadata, allowing Google to display dates in search results.

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