Published February 18th in SEO by Mike Juba

There are a number of reasons you might want to remove a page from Google’s search index. For example, maybe it was content you’re ashamed of – stolen, unwittingly or not, perhaps – and you want it removed from your record. Maybe it was a page that shouldn’t have been visible to the public in the first place. Maybe it accidentally shared personal information you would rather have hidden. Maybe it’s your own content stolen and posted on another site. How can you go about removing content from Google’s index?
Method 1: Remove and Let Drop
This first method is the slowest and most organic method. If you control the page, all you do is remove the page from your website. The next time Google crawls your site, they will notice that the page is gone – particularly if it is no longer on your sitemap – and they will mark it. Then, when they crawl it another time or two, they will make sure it’s still gone. Once it has been confirmed to be gone, it will be dropped from the Google search index.
The downside to this method is that it’s not fast. It happens whenever Google crawls your site a few times and confirms that the page in question i…

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