How Do I ... Use Google to Remove Outdated Pages
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.
In order to remove a URL from the Google index
- 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- Remove an outdated link.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
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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