New way to remove URLs from Google index
5th September 2020
On January 28, 2020 Google released a new version of removals report tool inside Search Console. The three new functions are
- Temporary removals
- Outdated content
- SafeSearch filtering
This allows you to remove URLs that you do not want to appear in the Google Search index for any reason. These features do not meal delete your URLs in Google index, it means that the URL will be hidden for six months before it re-appear in the Google Search index again. If you need to permanently remove the page, you need to delete your page, using a 404 or robots.txt. And do not that in near future Google has said they will not be looking too much into robots.txt.
You have two types of requests available:
- Temporary remove URL will hide the URL from Google Search results for about six months and clear the cached copy of the page.
- Clear cache URL clears the cached page and wipes out the page description snippet in Search results until the page is crawled again.
Once you have submitted a URL it will take up to 24 hours before it gets approved, just checked back Search Console the next day.
This section provides information on the removal of outdated content requested by the public.
This means the public can send a request using Remove outdated content page.
- to remove outdated content that not owned by them
- to remove pages that are no longer exists or the search results is different from the current page
(All pending Google approval)
This section shows all the pages that are reported by the public as adult content using the SafeSearch Suggestion tools. All the URLs submitted by the public will be reviewed by Google before any actions are taken.
Why you need to care new way to remove URLs from Google index?
These new tools give you the flexibility to remove expired or test content quickly from the Google Search index to improve your SEO. With the ability to find out what pages the public are flagging out as outdated content or SafeSearch filtering, you can make any correction faster.