Remove “Archive” title from Search Engine Headers

January 10, 2015
January 10, 2015 pmg2019

Remove “Archive” title from Search Engine Headers

Remove “Archive” title from Search Engine Headers. Pages and post look outdated with this information in search engine titles.

Okay fellow developers. I searched for hours trying to determine why the word “archive” was showing up in my meta titles on Google and other search engines. This is what I was seeing.

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This makes your content look old and especially when someone is searching your business then it looks really bad.

Here is the solution which is rather simple.

First login to your WordPress website assuming your using Yoast SEO. The issue is only with Yoast SEO plugin and not really an issue. It is Yoast allowing you to customize your settings and these were default settings.  On the left side of you will see the WordPress toolbar, click on SEO which is Yoast.

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On this page you may see the word “archive” combined like this: %%title%% Archives %%page%% %%sep%% %%sitename%%

Change to look like this for whatever Page, Post, Media, etc.

%%title%% %%page%% %%sep%% %%sitename%%

Set “Post Tags” and “Format” to “noindex,” and hide the WordPress SEO Meta Box on these pages (you don’t need it), since you don’t want search engines to index these. They are just more duplicate content bloat that can get you into trouble in a post-Panda world.

Tip: Remove “Archives” from meta title template for Categories & Tags. It just makes you look outdated.

After you make these changes please save settings at the bottom. Now when you go to look at this page it will not show the word “archive”. It will look like this:

BEFORE

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AFTER

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The same can be done with any of the tags, categories, media, etc.

For additional information go to https://yoast.com/articles/wordpress-seo/ or contact if you have questions or need assistance.