In this post, I will explain how to remove pages from Google search result pages. This can be done using Google Search Console and also if the website is not in your search console.
First, I will explain why would you want to remove a page from search results. There can be multiple reasons as to why you would want to do this.
Common Reasons Why You Would Want To Remove a Page From Google Search Results
- The information on the page is obsolete.
- In the case of product pages, the product is no longer available or won’t be available in future.
- You got a copyright claim and someone has asked to take off the page from your website and Google SERPs.
Now, we know why you would like to remove a page from Google SERPs (search engine result pages), let’s see how this can be done.
How To Remove a Page From Google Search Results Using Google Search Console
To remove the page from Google SERPs using the search console, you need to have the website verified in your Google search console. If you have the website listed in your search console, just follow these steps.
- If you have multiple websites in the search console, select the website for which you want to remove the page or pages.
- In the left menu, click Index > Removals.
- On the right-hand side, click the button that says “New Request”.
- If your page is still indexed on Google SERPs, select the option that says “Temporarily Remove URL”. If you would like to remove just the cache, then select the option that says “Clear Cached URL”.
- If you would like to remove your site with a prefix then select the option that says “Remove all URLs with this prefix”. For eg. If you would like to delete everything from prefix site then add site.yourwebsite.com here.
- Once you have chosen the right option and entered your URL, click next.
- You will see a screen that says your page has been submitted.
How To Remove a Page From Google Search Results Without Google Search Console
At times, we may want to remove an indexed page or pages from Google search result pages but not have the website added in Google Search Console. Google has an option for this, only if the page has been already removed.
So, before using this option, make sure that the page you’re trying to remove from the SERPs is already deleted from your website.
- Visit the link to remove outdated content from Google.
- Click the “New Request” button.
- Enter the URL of the page you would like to remove.
- Click Submit.
You can also use this tool to remove images that you have deleted from your server but they are still showing up on Google search result pages.
It can take up to 24 hours for Google to honour these requests and Google will not index these pages for the next six months. In case, you choose to add these pages back to your website. you can get them indexed via the search console and/or cancel the removal request.