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July 14, 2011

Remove Unwanted Or Old URLs Easily From Google Search

There is always the need to updated the web-pages, and remove those which are no longer required from Google search index.

Previously, in order to remove the URL, the webpage's URL must first be blocked by a site owner before the page can be removed from Google's search results.

As you have already verified the ownership of your site in the Webmasters Tools, the above mentioned requirement can be eliminated, to remove unwanted pages (e.g. pages accidentally made public) from Google's search results.

Removals persist for at least 90 days
When a page’s URL is requested for removal, the request is temporary and persists for at least 90 days. We may continue to crawl the page during the 90-day period but we will not display it in the search results. You can still revoke the removal request at any time during those 90 days. After the 90-day period, the page can reappear in our search results, assuming you haven’t made any other changes that could impact the page’s availability.

Permanent removal
In order to permanently remove a URL, you must ensure that one of the following page blocking methods is implemented for the URL of the page that you want removed:

  • indicate that the page no longer exists by returning a 404 or 410 HTTP status code
  • block the page from crawling via a robots.txt file
  • block the page from indexing via a noindex meta tag

This will ensure that the page is permanently removed from Google's search results for as long as the page is blocked. If at any time in the future you remove the previously implemented page blocking method, we may potentially re-crawl and index the page. For immediate and permanent removal, you can request that a page be removed using the Remove URL tool and then permanently block the page’s URL before the 90-day expiration of the removal request.

For more information about URL removals, see “URL removal explained


Alena said...

I think this method adopted by google is very useful to the site owners. Thanks for sharing such a good piece of information.