The majority of the traffic to the website I am working on is organic. I was assigned to make updates so that our SERP shows an image to increase the click-through rate on our #1 result.
Unfortunately, the image seems to be tied with a 2005 date. Whenever we get the image to show, it shows this 2005 date (which is when Google first crawled the page), and the date goes away when the image is gone. I've attempted to change the date picked up by Google, since the page was updated many times since 2005, but with no luck (the "new" date will only show when the image does not).
I was wondering if there was some way of showing an image without showing a date. The content in this particular page is for a definition that does not change often (maybe once every few years), and so it would be better to have no date at all, although changing the date itself to a 2014 date would be nice as well (the page was recently updated).
Edit: previous image vs image used vs logo:
This was the first image that was used. It was made in NOV 2013, and was meant to be used to appear in social media (using the og:image tag). When this image appeared, the Google SERP showed a 2005 date. Refer to this as IMAGE_1.
This was the second image that was used. The first image appeared cropped on our SERP, and we had hoped that the 2005 date was associated with the first image. This image appeared just how we wanted it; however, the 2005 date still appeared on the SERP. This image was created in 2014. Refer to this as IMAGE_2.
This is our company logo. IMAGE_2 is basically this image with added white-space so that it would work for the 200x200 requirements for Facebook, and so that it would display properly in the SERP. I do not know when this image was created. Refer to this as IMAGE_3.