If you run a website of any kind, you know that one of the biggest keys to success is Google search. But what can you do to remove outdated or unwanted information from your site?
If not, have you ever come across information about yourself on a website that you really don’t want to see? Sensitive information such as financial data, explicit images or doxxing content can be very dangerous if left on its own to show up in all Google searches.
Fortunately, Google has tools that can help site owners and individuals remove unwanted content from the platform’s results. Let’s see some of the tools offered by Google.
Remove content as a non-owner of the site
For non-site owners, the options are a bit more limited, but Google still offers help in some cases.
First, you can use the Remove Obsolete Content tool for content that no longer contains your information but still shows up in search results. Use this method to prevent sites from showing in search results when they no longer contain your information.
Google will also remove certain sensitive personal content from search results if the content matches certain categories. Content such as explicit non-consensual images, financial or medical information and images of minors may be removed on request through this page.
Finally, Google gives you a way to request removal of content if you believe it is breaking the law. Dangerous or illegal content such as phishing, violence or explicit content can be removed if found to be illegal using this request page.
Removing Google Search Results for Site Owners
When you run a website, it’s important that Google sees the pages that you want them to see. You also want to make sure that a page shows up in relevant searches when it’s updated, instead of reverting to outdated content. Google offers several ways to manage and remove search results from your site.
First, you can use the Company’s Removal Tool to quickly and temporarily block search results from your site. This is a temporary block, but it can be used quickly when you ultimately want to block a page permanently.
For permanent blocks, the process is a bit more complex. But there is no need to worry. Google offers a full explanation of how you can permanently remove information, including images, from Google search results. While we won’t go into details and highly recommend that you check out the link above, much of it involves “noindex” tags.
Finally, the company offers step-by-step instructions on how to ask Google to re-crawl your URLs every time you update a page. Re-crawling is very important when updating a page with new information, and there are several ways to do it. Follow Google’s instructions here whenever you want to reindex an updated page.
And There you go. Fortunately, Google offers several ways for users to manually request the removal of certain content.
Whether you are a site owner looking to improve your search results or someone looking to remove your own sensitive information or content from Google search, the company has a variety of tools and options that can help you.
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