How Do I ... Use Google to Remove Outdated Pages

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Introduction

Google automatically takes a "snapshot" of each page it crawls and archives it. This "cached" version allows a webpage to be retrieved if the original page is ever unavailable.

Removing a URL

In order to remove a URL from the Google index

  • you must create an account with Google using your email address and a password
  • Google will send a confirmation email that must be responded to within 24 hours or your account will be deleted
  • once account activated, login to Google with your email address and a password

You can:

  • Remove pages, subdirectories or images using a robots.txt file.
  • Remove a single page using meta tags.
  • Remove an outdated link.
    • anything associated with this URL
    • snippet portion of result (includes cached version)
    • cached version only
  • you can also review the status of any submitted requests through this account

How to remove content from Google's index

Remove cached pages

Remove your URL

Meta tags

To prevent all search engines from showing a cached copy of your page
< META NAME = "ROBOTS" CONTENT = "NOARCHIVE" >
If you would like to specify this restriction just for a specific search engine use "search engine name" in place of "robots".

To prevent the search engines from indexing page or following links from a particular page
< META NAME = "ROBOTS" CONTENT = "NOINDEX" >
The following commands tell the search engine to index the document, but not follow hyperlinks from it:
< META NAME = "ROBOTS" CONTENT = "NOFOLLOW" >
You may set all directives OFF by using the following:
< META NAME = "ROBOTS" CONTENT = "NONE" >

See http://www.robotstxt.org/wc/exclusion.html#meta for more information.

 

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