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How to remove content from Google’s index

Remove content from Google’s indexSome people do not want their website to be found in the search engine result pages, they do not want their websites exposed to everybody and they want their websites to remain private. Up until a few years ago, the only way to remove links from Google was to submit a URL removal request to Google.

Not many people liked this method of link removal since not all requests were approved and when the requests were approved it could take up to 2 months to take down the link. These days, there are other methods you can use to take down links, including the the following.

Remove links form Google’s index requirements

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Steps to be followed:

  1. The first and most important step is to remove the desired page or use a 301 redirect from the removed page URL directly to your website’s home page.
  2. You should then download the Robots.txt text file and add a line to the text. The line is as follows, Disallow:/[removed URL] The content you enter in the square brackets is the URL you have taken down minus www.yourwebsite.com
  3. You will then have to upload the modified Robot.txt file to the root.
  4. Login to Google Webmaster Tools, click on site configuration, crawl access, remove URL and finally click on the new removal request icon.
  5. Create a quick link on digg.com to the page in question or pages you want to take down. This should be done using the homepage URL of your website as the anchor text or the page in question. We recommend digg.com as its read every few hours by Google and spiders should follow the link to your website for a fresh crawl and notice the difference pretty swiftly.
Remove content from Google’s Results pages and index

Since Google tends to download robot.txt text files frequently, your changes on Google’s index can be seen very quickly. If you follow the instructions mentioned above then it can take as little as 12 hours to de-index websites from Google’s SERPs.

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I'm Christopher James Read. I'm the MD over at Totally SEO.


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