Tell Google to Remove An Indexed Post, Page or Site
In a prior post, I showed how to keep WordPress posts and pages hidden from Google search bots by blocking indexing…
That’s what you need to do if the indexing hasn’t already happened… but what if it has?
How do you get something OUT of Google?
If you’ve already published or created a post, page or html site (anything really) that Google has “found” but needs to be told No-No! then this is the solution you need.
You actually need to first complete the steps in that post, to restrict indexing of the post… and then do these steps to remove it from the search engine results.
Step 1: Go To Google Webmaster Tools
Go to Google Webmaster Tools and sign in or sign up for an account.
They will ask you to verify your site, and to the easiest way to do that on WordPress if you don’t want to poke in the theme files is to use the plugin All-In-One Webmaster.
If you’re not on WordPress or want to skip the plugin, you’ll have to insert a short piece of code into the <head> section of your site, before the <body>.
This is for your own protection, to verify that YOU own the site and so no one could log in and set up an account in your sites name and lock you out of Google.
Step 2: Go To “Crawler Access”
Once you have accessed the area for your domain, then on the left you will have some options. Open up the area called “Site Configuration” and select the “Crawler Access” link.
Step 3: Click “Remove URL” and then “New Removal Request”
Find the “Remove URL” tab near the top and after you open that tab, you will see a “New Removal Request” button that you need to click.
Step 4: Tell Google Which URL To Remove
Into the box that opens when you click “New Removal Request”, copy paste the exact url, as it appears in your browser, into the field.
Pay careful attention because URLs are case sensitive and yourdomain.com/Page101 is not the same as yourdomain.com/page101
Step 5: Indicate The Reason & Verify You Blocked The Indexing
This step is a removal step but is not a blocking step.
You first need to select “Remove page from search results and cache” and then verify that you have already completed the required steps to block Google from indexing a WordPress post or page.
Step 7: Hit the “Submit Request” Button… and wait…
Removal from the search engine can take an average of 48 hours (sometimes longer, sometimes less). Once it has been removed and added to the removed column in the Webmaster Tools, you should know longer be able to find it in the search results.
Sometimes we need to keep a post/page on our blog OUT of Google’s hands (often the case for optin-only content).
First we discussed how to keep Google from including your WP post/page in the search results in the first place… and now we’ve had a look at how to get stuff OUT of the search results that shouldn’t be there.
Using these two approaches together, you’ll be able to GET IT OUT of Google and KEEP IT OUT of Google.
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