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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. However, before we proceed 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 simplify the process 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 term ‘archives’ will be visible in your HTML title. The good news is you can remove this. Are you 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 website’s admin area, which 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 various 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 look when they appear in search results. Our main focus will be on the ‘Taxonomies’ and ‘Archives’ tabs as we follow these steps to remove HTML titles in WordPress.

Accessing Yoast search appearance settings
Search Appearance sub-menu item
4. Go to the ‘Taxonomies’ tab

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

Taxonomies Tab and archives word in settings
SEO title settings under ‘Taxonomies’
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 how the word ‘Archives’ appears in ‘Search Appearance’. On the other hand, you can see how this word appears in search results.

Archive word in Search appearance settings and in search results
The word ‘archives’ in Search Appearance settings and how it appears in Google Search results (left to right)

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

6. Remove Archives from other Taxonomies

Repeat step 5 depending on the taxonomies and post types you may have.

7. Save changes

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

Remove the word archives from the Yoast SEO search appearance settings
Remove the word archives and save changes.
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.

The Archives tab in search appearance settings
Go to the Archives tab.

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 after that.

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 ‘archives’ in WordPress. And also to understand what archive pages are.

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