Google’s index is huge and sprawling, and sometimes they need a little help keeping up with it. If you want to get a list of URLs removed from the index, there are a few ways to go about it, but they all center around the Google Remove URLs Tool.Options for Removing URLsThere are a few different options you will have to explore when you want to remove content from Google’s index. Let’s explore them.First up are two questions you have to answer.Do you own the content you want removed?Do you want the content removed from the search index, or from the web entirely?The answers to these questions will guide the process you have to follow. I’ll explore each one in its own section.You Own the Content and Want it Removed from the IndexIf you own or control the content you want removed, and you want it removed from the Google search index, you can use the official Google URL Removal tool. That tool can be found here. In order to remove content from the index, however, … [Read more...] about How to Bulk Remove URLs From Google’s Search Index
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Have a lot of pages you want removed from the Google index and don't want to use the page removal tool for each URL? Google's John Mueller said you can try to 404 and noindex all the pages you want removed and then submit a temporary sitemap to Google. It might speed things up he said.John wrote in a Google Webmaster Help thread, "One way to speed this up could be to submit a temporary sitemap file listing these URLs with the last modification date (eg, when you changed them to 404 or added a noindex), so that we know to recrawl & reprocess them." "This is something you'd just want to do for a limited time (maybe a few months), and then remove, so that you don't end up in the long run with a sitemap file that's not needed by your site," he added.So you can give this a try if you want to remove a lot of pages as fast as possible - although, I am not sure how fast this would be. Might still take days/weeks or even months for all the URLs to be removed?Forum discussion at Google … [Read more...] about Use 404s & Temporary Sitemaps To Speed Up Page Removal From Google
A number of attorneys who specialize in online defamation/libel cases have reported to me that Google has recently suspended its longstanding, informal policy of removing URLs from US search results that are specified in duly executed court orders. This poses a major paradigm shift for many victims of online reputation attacks. Beginning around August or September of this year, a number of attorneys from across the US began receiving blanket denials after submitting requests to remove defamatory content from Google’s search results. Since at least 2009, Google has had an informal policy of accepting many removal requests when accompanied by a properly executed court order specifying defamatory/libelous content at specific URLs. I’ve personally seen a number of cases where hundreds and even thousands of URLs have been submitted with court orders, and Google has removed those URLs from search results. But they’ve now stopped. Not for every single request, but for a … [Read more...] about Has Google suspended defamation removals?
On the heels of Europe’s “Right to Be Forgotten” ruling, a British Columbia court in Canada has ruled Google must block a group of websites worldwide. The case was opened by industrial networking devices manufacturer Equustek Solutions, Inc. to block a network of websites it claims are owned by former associates who stole trade secrets to illegally manufacture and sell competing products. According to a report from the The Globe and Mail, a temporary injunction against Google was issued last Friday in spite of Google’s protests that Canadian courts had no jurisdiction over the Mountain View, California based search engine. From the Globe and Mail: In her ruling, Justice Fenlon determined the B.C. court had jurisdiction over Google, noting the company sells ads in British Columbia and uses its search technology to target those ads to British Columbians…“Google is an innocent bystander but it is unwittingly facilitating the defendants’ ongoing … [Read more...] about Canadian Court Orders Google To Remove Sites Worldwide
Google recently revealed how long it takes to get a URL removed from search results after submitting a removal request.Site owners can request to have specific URLs removed from search results using a tool in Google Search Console. Google confirmed the removal process is completed in less than a day.To be clear, the URL removal tool itself is not new. The tool has been around since 2007, at which time it took around 3 to 5 days to process requests.Over the years since its introduction, Google has significantly improved the processing time for URL removal requests.Now, if a site owner submits a URL removal request today, they can expect it to be gone by tomorrow or earlier.However, it’s important to keep in mind that this is only a temporary measure. It’s the fastest way to get a URL removed from search results, but it’s not permanent.Any URLs removed via Search Console requests will reappear in 90 days if further action isn’t taken.Further action would include … [Read more...] about Google Removes URLs in Under a Day After Search Console Requests