How do you remove a page from Google (or Bing) that you do not want in search results?
It is a fairly simple process, block the page, get the page removed. The issue that seems to come up is with people looking to do workarounds. Ranging from a 301 redirect to a blank page, to putting up a 404 image, there is really no reason to not take the simple route and just remove the page the recommended way from Google or Bing. The process is simple enough that a workaround is not needed.
From start to finish, here are step-by-step directions on how to remove a page.
- Make sure that you have Google and Bing’s Webmaster Tools products on your site and that your site is verified.
- Add a robots.txt file to your website that blocks your undesired page.
- Submit a URL Removal Request in Webmaster tools.
That’s it. 3 steps and you are done. Let’s look a little closer at each step and what you need to do to make it work.
For step one, if you need to get Google and Bing Webmaster Tools up and running, you can find detailed instructions here and here. As a tip, use the same method for both, and make the method your standard. That saves headaches and keeps developers happy.
For Step 3, you simply need to login to your Webmaster account and submit a URL removal. See the photo below for an example.
The entire process can take as little as 15 minutes, is recommended by each search engine, and avoids messy work-arounds.
Extremely simple, but this comes up weekly. Happy removing.