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How to Remove a Page From Google’s Index


 
 
James Miodonski
 

 

Most sites will have pages that their owners would rather were kept out of the public domain, e.g. expired or seasonal offers, obsolete products, pages under construction etc.

So, what do you do if you discover just such a page showing up in Google, that you’d really rather wasn’t there?

 

Fortunately, the answer’s easy – but it requires a Google Webmaster Tools account.

Google spider

Log into your Google Webmaster Tools account and navigate to:

Site Configuration >> Crawler Access >> Remove URL

Now click the grey ‘new removal request’ button, and enter the exact URL of the page you want to remove from Google’s index, then click ‘continue’.

Now you will have a drop-down with 3 options:

  • Remove page from search results and cache
  • Remove page from cache only
  • Remove directory
In the majority of cases, you’ll want the first option (‘remove page from search results and cache’), so select this and click ‘Submit Request’.
Normally it will take Google a couple of days to flush out all instances of the page from it’s index, but essentially – that’s it.
 
 
 
 

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