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Remove a page or site from Google's search results

 

If you want to remove content from Google's search results, that content should first be removed from the web or blocked from search engines. We run into a lot of people who think that Google runs the web and controls all the sites on it, but that's really not the case. The sites in Google's search results are controlled by those site's web masters.

To remove content (including a snippet, title, page content, or an entire URL or site) from search results, the site owner—whether it's you or somebody else—has a few options. The site owner can remove the concerning information from the page, take the page down from the web entirely, or indicate that Google shouldn't crawl or index the page. There are varying requirements depending on the type of content you want to remove, and these are described below.

  • Change the URL of your website.
  • Remove your site from Google
  • Remove individual pages
  • Remove documents from Google
  • Remove snippets
  • Remove cached pages
  • Remove a dead link
  • Remove an image from Google Image Search Index

 

Remove your website

 

If you wish to remove your whole website from the Google Search Index or you just don't want a specific part of your site indexed, add a file in the root of your server, the so called robots.txt

Remove individual pages

 

If you don't want any robot to submit your website in their index, add the meta name robots tag in your HTML code.

 

Remove snippets

 

A snippet is a text excerpt that appears below a page's title in our search results and describes the content of the page.

To prevent Google from displaying snippets for your page, place the following tag in the <HEAD> section of your page:

 

<META NAME="GOOGLEBOT" CONTENT="NOSNIPPET">

Removal of text snippets will also remove cached pages.

Remove cached pages


 Google will store text of many indexed documents in its cache. This will create an archived or cached version of a web page that is shown to visitors whenever the original web page is (temporarily) unavailable. The stored page also contains a message (on top of the page) that will tell you it is an archived or cached version of the original page.

If you wish to prevent that search engines archive or cache your website, use the NOARCHIVE meta tag. Add this tag in the HEAD part of your document like this:


<META NAME="ROBOTS" CONTENT="NOARCHIVE">

If you do want certain robots to archive your page, but you want to keep Google's robot away, use the following tag:


<META NAME="GOOGLEBOT" CONTENT="NOARCHIVE">

Comment : this tag only removes the cached reference for the page. Google will continue to index the page and will show a text snippet.

If you think your request is urgent, and you can't wait for the Google bot to visit your website, use our automatic URL removal system. To make this work, ask your webmaster to add the correct meta tags in the HTML code of your web page.

Remove a dead link

 

Google will update its whole index automatically at set times. If Google indexes the web, it will find new page, will remove dead links and update existing links automatically. Links that are outdated will probably be removed in the following index rounds.

Remove an image from Google Image Index

 

If you want to have an image removed from Google's Image index just add a robots.txt file to the root of the server that blocks the image.

For example, if you want Google to exclude the dogs.jpg image that appears on your site at www.yoursite.com/images/dogs.jpg, add the following to your robots.txt file:

 

User-Agent: Googlebot-Image
Disallow: /images/dogs.jpg

To remove all the images on your site from our index, place the following robots.txt file in your server root:

 

User-Agent: Googlebot-Image
Disallow: /

 

Additionally, Google has introduced increased flexibility to the robots.txt file standard through the use asterisks. Disallow patterns may include "*" to match any sequence of characters, and patterns may end in "$" to indicate the end of a name. To remove all files of a specific file type (for example, to include .jpg but not .gif images), you'd use the following robots.txt entry:

User-agent: Googlebot-Image
Disallow: /*.gif$
 

 

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