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How to Remove Archives from HTML Titles in WordPress

You may have noticed that your HTML title includes the word ‘archives’ in Google search results. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the steps on how to remove archives from HTML titles in WordPress. Before we proceed any further, let us understand what archives in WordPress are.

An archive is a collection of WordPress posts based on a commonality. That is to say, different WordPress posts will appear in groups based on what they have in common.

Some of these commonalities can include Tags, Dates, Categories, and Post types. Archives also make it simpler for users to access all posts that have something in common.

When you have the Yoast plugin in WordPress, it adds the word ‘archives’ to the archive pages for taxonomies by default. Hence, the word ‘archives’ will be visible in your HTML title. The good news is you can remove this. Wondering how to go about it? In today’s blog post, we’ll take you through the steps.

Archives In search results
The word ‘archives’ in search results

Video Tutorial

Check out this YouTube video on how you can remove ‘archives’ from HTML titles in WordPress and Yoast SEO.

1. Login to WordPress

Firstly, go to the Admin area of the website. This is the ‘Dashboard’.

2. Open the left side bar

The left sidebar of the ‘Dashboard’ has different menu items. While here, scroll down the page. After that, click on the ‘SEO’ menu item with a Yoast logo to access different settings.

3. Go to ‘Search Appearance’

When you click on ‘SEO’, you get access to different settings. One of these includes ‘Search Appearance‘. Search Appearance determines how your pages will look when they appear in search results. In order to remove ‘archives’ from HTML titles in WordPress, our main focus will be on the ‘Taxonomies’ and ‘Archives’ tabs.

Search appearance sub-menu item
The ‘Search Appearance’ sub-menu item

4. Go to the ‘Taxonomies’ tab in WordPress

When you go to ‘Search Appearance’, there are extra settings. While under these settings, click on ‘Taxonomies‘. A taxonomy in WordPress is a way to group posts and custom post types together.

Taxonomies tab in search appearance settings
Taxonomies tab in search appearance settings

5. Remove archives from HTML titles under ‘Categories’

When you open the ‘Taxonomies tab’, click on the ‘Categories’ drop-down arrow. Go to ‘SEO title‘ and here you can see the following parts;

  • Term title
  • Archives
  • Page
  • Separator
  • Site Title

In the image below, you can see the way the word ‘Archives’ appears in ‘Search Appearance’. On the other hand, you can also see how this word appears in search results.

The word 'archives' in Search Appearance settings and how it appears in Google Search results (Left to right)
The word ‘archives’ in Search Appearance settings and how it appears in Google Search results (Left to right)

In order to remove archives from HTML titles, highlight the word ‘Archives‘. Then proceed to delete it.

Remove the "Archives" word
Remove the word “Archives”

6. Remove archives from other taxonomies in WordPress

Go on to repeat step 5 depending on the taxonomies and post types you may have.

7. Save changes in WordPress

When you have removed the word ‘archives’ from the different areas, click ‘Save changes.’

Save changes after you remove archives from HTML titles in WordPress
Save changes after you remove archives word

8. Remove archives from HTML titles under the ‘Archives tab’

Lastly, in the ‘Archives tab’, repeat steps 6 and 7 to remove ‘archives’ in the different post types included in this tab.

Go to Archives tab to futher remove archives from HTML titles in WordPress
Archives tab under the search appearance

And this is how you successfully remove ‘archives’ from HTML titles in WordPress and Yoast SEO.

Note: Whenever you make changes to your website, you usually have to wait for Google crawlers to discover these changes. Google will then make changes to the search index and update all the site titles thereafter.

Final Thoughts

Removing ‘Archive’ from HTML titles in WordPress and Yoast SEO is a simple change you can make today. I hope this post has helped you understand how to remove the word ‘archives’ in WordPress. And also to understand what archive pages are. Did you find this tip helpful? Follow us on social media or subscribe to our blog so we can keep you up-to-date with more tips like this one.

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