URL Removal in Google’s Webmaster Tools
Creating pages to return a 404 error page and waiting for Google to crawl your page can be excruciating, especially when you are a webmaster. Another possibility is to use Google’s url removal tool to remove a directory from their search results. This should only be used in certain instances. You should not “flood” Google with removal requests in the thousands and definitely not in the tens of thousands.
Convincing Google not to crawl a particular page or directory can be tricky and should be handled by a professional. Incorrectly uploading an .htaccess file or removing a URL could seriously hurt your search engine rankings.
Once the changes have been made, Google naturally will exclude the content from the search results. There are instances where pages need to be removed immediately. Using the removal tool in Google’s Webmaster Tools is the best way to do this. This tool is typically used for removal of important and confidential data that has been exposed to the internet accidentally.
A great guide from Google on how to remove a page or site from Google’s search results is here.
As important and should not be overlooked is the fact that we all are using the internet now purchasing. What most do not realize is that the information to get credit card and personal information is not difficult to obtain. For any reason at all you find your personal information and or credit card info, you should contact Google through these channels.
- Your social security or government ID number
- Your bank account or credit card number
- An image of your handwritten signature
- Your first and last name or the name of your business appearing on an adult content site that’s spamming Google’s search results.