How to remove URL from Google index
3rd March 2019
Why do you need to remove URL from Google index?
There are a few reasons that you might want to do this.
- The page is not available anymore but is still index by Google
- The URL of the content might have changed
- Bad user experience: if a user found the link from Google search but when they visit the page and they find the page invalid, they will have a bad impression on your site
How to remove URL from Google index?
- Use robot meta tag
- Use Google Search console
Robot meta tag
It is a line of code found in the page that tells the crawlers to index or doesn’t index the page. (If robot meta tag is not found in the page, it means crawlers will index the page by default.)
Let’s take a look at how the code looks like.
<meta name=”robots” content=”noindex”>
The code must be placed in between the head tag, “noindex” is telling the crawler not to index the page while “index” will do the opposite.
But in order to do the above, you need to have access to edit the page.
Google Search console
Before using Google Search console, you need to set up your website with Google Webmaster. If you do not have an account yet, you can register one using a Gmail account.
There are two ways of removing outdated content in the search console.
- Go to https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/removals
- Typing in the expired URL in the text box
- Click Request Removal.
- It will take up to 24 hours for Google to remove the URL from index.
- In the search console, click on the Google index tab on the left navigation
- Then click Remove URLs
- On the right, click on Temporarily hide
- Key in the URL in the textbox
- Click continue
- Wait up to 24 hours for the status to change
Do note that you can only remove pages that you owned.