Remove from Google

Remove from Google

Delete your website

How can I remove a URL on my website from the Google Index? At times, Google may index a webpage or part of your website that you do not want the public to see.

This can be especially important if your site displays personal data such as credit card information.  It can take up to 90 days of requesting the URL to be removed an actually no longer appear in the search results.

The best solution

If you don’t want something to show up in search results: DON’T PUT IT ONLINE!

Google, Bing, spiders, robots, crawlers, your old friend, your competitor….   if you put something online they will find it!

How to remove a site or page from Google's index

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 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:

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

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

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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