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April 17, 2007

Removing Content From Google Just Got Easier

By Li Evans

Got content in the Google Index you really don't want there?  As silly as that might sound, there are cases where web pages were mistakenly indexed and now sit in Google's index causing headaches for webmasters around the globe.

Well fear not, Google's Webmaster Central Team announced tonight that they've just launched another tool for webmasters to clear up those pesky pages they no longer want in Google's index.  You can now Request to Have Content Removed from Google's index.


You can now choose to have individual URLs removed, cached copies, entire sites, or a directory/subdirectory, all offered in a "one-stop shopping" form.  In the post on Google's Webmaster Central Blog, Vanessa goes into detail into what each means and that you can even check the status of the removal request.

But wait!  That's not all.  It's even gotten easier to request removal of content you don't own.  If you've found a dead link, explicit material that doesn't follow Google's guidelines or displays information such as your SSN or other vital information, Google again provides a easy to follow form to get the process going.


Kudos to Vanessa and the team out there in Kirkland!  You all keep rolling out great tools for all of us to use.


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