Removing your indexed pages from Google may sound to be a bad thing. But also nobody wants SERPs to show up any irrelevant content regarding their privacy.

It’s every webmaster’s wish to get their content indexed on Google as soon as possible but sometimes this indexing may happen unexpectedly and start showing irrelevant results on SERPs. You can try it yourself. Search your name on Google, you may cringe to realize that you have content out on SERPs that may not paint you in the most professional light. Maybe it’s showing up some results related to some content that you might not want to be seen by any other person.

So it’s logical to assume that a highly popular social site would have the search engines reflecting any change quickly, right? Ironically, because it’s a massively popular site, Google is going to use it’s resources efficiently when dealing with it. Unless Google detects a good reason to, it’s not going to continually crawl profile pages. Now even though you have a fresh new page on the site for your name, the old page with your old details (now redirects to a 404 error page) is still the one showing up in the SERPs for your search queries.

We have no idea how long it will take for Google to naturally find the 404 error on the sites, so instead of waiting around to see, try out the Google URL removal tool.

How to remove indexed pages from Google?

Google understands that sometimes you want a page removed from Google’s index faster than they are able to update it organically. So they have a URL removal tool to help you speed up the process of removing the outdated page from the SERPs. It’s important to note that this tool only works if the site has already been updated to reflect the changes. This will not help you if you’ve not already had the information, from the source, updated.

  1. To remove an URL from Google, first make sure that you are logged into your Google accounts.
  2. Now go to the Google webmaster tools and click on the New Removal Request. Or click here
  3. Then, type in the exact URL that you want to be removed and then click continue.
  4. Finally, click Remove this page. You will see that there is a pending request for your URL removal.

Google Outdated Content Removal Tool
NOTE : Google will only remove the URL you submitted and will not investigate further. It’s common for large sites to have multiple URLs with the same content, so be sure you weed all those out and submit the request for multiple removals. The quickest way to find all the URLs you want to remove is to do a search in Google forsite:whateversite.com/username.

Clear Cache

A URL removal is not to be confused with an attempt to remove Google cache. You submitted your request to remove an URL or URLs from Google and even after your processed request the page is still showing up in search results. It may be because of temporary files or browser’s cache which are showing them up. So to solve this issue, go to your browser and clear all caches.

Done!

Now it’s time to let Google take over. Once you’ve submitted the URL, Google will check the validity of the request. In my case, Google could clearly see that the page was returning a 404 error and so they updated it accordingly. The period of time from submission until actual removal from search results is usually less than 24 hours.

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