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3) Check search results to determine if removal was successful

Sometimes, after successfully removing a page from the index, you may find that the page still exists within search results and the cache.

To check whether it has been removed, enter the exact URL into the search bar and see what results are returned.

The removal request is case-sensitive, so you will need to submit multiple versions of the URL if your URLs do not redirect to their lower-case versions and if canonicalization is not present.

PRO TIP:

It is considered an SEO best practice to ensure all pages redirect to their lower case version because search engines recognize URLs with different cases as being different pages.

4) Ensure you have followed Google’s Removal Guidelines

Remember that the link removal request that you’ve submitted through Google Search Console is not permanent. After 90 days your content could return to search results pages if you haven’t performed the following actions to block access to your content:

  • Block URLs with robots.txt
  • Block URLs by password-protecting your server directories
  • Block search indexing with meta tags
  • Opt-out of display on Google+ Local and other Google Properties

With all that in place, you should be good to go!

PRO TIP:

Blocking URLs with robots.txt only tells search engines not to crawl that page but it may still appear in search results. The best way to remove content is by deleting the page entirely. If you do this, be sure to set up an appropriate 301 Redirect as we mentioned at the beginning of this article. That or add a no-index tag to the page with a canonical reference to the appropriate/original page.

METHOD 2: Redirecting Traffic to 404 or a 410 page

Next, let’s take a look at the redirection and how we can redirect your site to a 404 or 410 page so that Google knows that you are actually removing the page on purpose and that it doesn’t exist anymore. 

How to make a 410 redirect in WordPress

As usual, for WordPress, the easiest way is to install a plugin. Let’s do that right now!

In your WordPress dashboard, just head to your “plugins” section, and add “new”. 

Then in the search box type in “Redirection”, it m

Then in the search box type in “Redirection”, it may end up bringing up different search results for the plugin, ensure you install the one with the name “Redirection” as name, with weird flowers and it was developed by John Godley.

After, install this plugin, and don’t forget to ac

After, install this plugin, and don’t forget to activate it. 

Now let’s create a 410 redirection, by clicking on “Tools” in the left menu, and there you will see a new link “Redirection”. Click on it.

Then click on “Add new”.

In the “Source URL” field, add the URL of the post or page you want to remove. 

Note that you have to use the relative URL (e.g.), so if the URL contains the domain. Remove it. 

Relative URL:  /tutorials/my-page-to-be-removed

Absolute URL:  www.mywebsite.com/tutorials/my-page-to-be-removed

In the “query parameters”, there are three options

In the “query parameters”, there are three options;

  1. Exact match all parameters in any order.
  2. Ignore all parameters.
  3. Ignore & pass parameters to the target.

Select the second option, “ignore all parameters”..

Then type in the “Target URL” field: /

Then type in the “Target URL” field: /

This will redirect everybody from the source URL to the home page.

Next, you click on the “cogwheel” below “groups” dropdown.

This will reveal more options like “When matched”

This will reveal more options like “When matched” and “with HTTP code”.

Next, select “When matched”, you’ll see a variety

Next, select “When matched”, you’ll see a variety of options, such as “Redirect to URL”, “Redirect to random post”, “Pass through”, “Error 404”, and “Do nothing (ignore)”.

 Just click on “Error 404”.

Next thing you have to do is click on “with HTTP c

Next thing you have to do is click on “with HTTP code”, there are about 12 options and commands to choose from. 

Each one of them serves various specific functions. 

They are:

  • 400 – Bad Request
  • 401 – Unauthorized
  • 403 – Forbidden
  • 404 – Not Found
  • 410 – Gone
  • 418 – I’m a teapot
  • 451 – Unavailable For Legal Reasons
  • 500 – Internal Server Error
  • 501 – Not Implemented
  • 502 – Bad Gateway
  • 503 – Service Unavailable
  • 504 – Gateway Timeout

You need to use “410 – Gone” because it actually informs the search engines that this page is deleted and the action was done on purpose, so it notes that it is not just an error page but it was actually deleted on purpose. 

You can also give it a group or position if you wa

You can also give it a group or position if you want but it does not really matter in this case. 

Then click on the “Add Redirect” button, and it adds a redirect to your URL.

Make a 410 redirection without a plugin (Works on

Make a 410 redirection without a plugin (Works on HTML & WordPress sites)

If you don’t want to use a plugin and you would rather do it yourself. 

Then navigate to your web hosts cPanel.

After opening the cPanel, click on “File Manager”,

After opening the cPanel, click on “File Manager”, then let it refresh and find your root folder for the domain.  In my case, it’s a “public_html” folder, but yours might be named differently for example “yourdomain.com.”  

Open the root folder, and find a file named .htacc

Open the root folder, and find a file named .htaccess

“If for some reason you don’t see it, check that your settings are allowing you to display hidden files, if it isn’t, just click on“Show Hidden Files” and save it.”

The next step is to click on the .htaccess file an

The next step is to click on the .htaccess file and choose the “edit” option, it may bring up a prompt, just click on edit and continue.

You might see a lot of code, just scroll to the bo

You might see a lot of code, just scroll to the bottom, and add the code below. Make sure you change the parts in red to your own URL (but keep the *) after your URL.

The code will redirect all traffic from relative URL “/your-url” to “/”, which is the home page.

How to test .htaccess 410 redirect

How to test .htaccess 410 redirect

In order to check if this actually worked, just copy the URL, and then open a private/incognito window in your browser. 

Before we paste the link and go, right-click anywhere on the page and click on inspect element. 

Then click on the Network tab.

Reload the page and you can see that you have the

Reload the page and you can see that you have the 410 requests and then it goes to the home page. 

This way you can confirm that the redirection work

This way you can confirm that the redirection worked and the website is actually going to be removed from Google quite quickly. 

This is because Google doesn’t want any web pages that have been removed and they don’t want to index anything that they don’t actually need to.

CONS OF USING THIS METHOD

If you are the type that has limited time, this would not be the best solution as it isn’t as simple as using the Yoast plugin, and this involves many more steps. 

On the other hand, it’s harder to make a mistake with this method, as you target specific URLs.

Google and Your Website

Before we cover how to remove a website from Google, you’ll need to learn a little about the inner workings of Google’s search engine.

Before search engines, the internet was essentially a series of digital archives. While the internet is still like an archive today, we now use search engines to fetch information.

Google’s search engine processes your request in three simple steps whenever you search for something.

  1. First, it uses Google crawlers to hunt for web pages and websites centered around your search topic. Google then files these webpages and websites in a shortlist.
  2. Next, Google scours its shortlist to analyze the content of each listing. During this stage, Google looks at video files, images, text content, and anything else it can analyze.
  3. Finally, Google ranks the web pages and websites it analyzed from most to least relevant. Then, its search engine identifies which results are most suited to you by your location, previous browsing behavior, language, and device (it won’t want to show mobile users a website with no mobile compatibility). Google then shows you the results.

Every time you make a Google search, Google sorts through millions of websites in the span of a few seconds. This speedy turnaround is made possible by search engine indexing and caching.

Let’s discuss those next.

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What Is Search Engine Indexing and Caching?

Indexing is the process Google uses to sort information on the internet to deliver responses to searches quickly. When Google indexes information, it sorts through websites in an inverted index (also called a “reverse index”). An inverted index is a database that contains information about a website’s key elements.

Inverted indexes use “tokenization.” This is the process of summarizing content by a few keywords. For example, websites that sell black leggings would be tokenized with keywords like “leggings,” “black leggings,” and “women’s leggings.”

Search engine caching is a separate process. Caches are snapshots of a page that Google uses to understand its contents. You can see an example of a cached website below.

Deleting your website means next to nothing if Goo
Deleting your website means next to nothing if Google has cached it.

Google takes website caches periodically, meaning that some website caches are up-to-date while others aren’t. Naturally, deleting your website isn’t enough to remove it if Google has cached it.

Google uses search engine indexing and caching to reduce the work needed to return accurate search results. Essentially, indexing and caching allow Google to understand a website without analyzing it thoroughly.

When You Remove a Result From Google, Does It Get Removed Worldwide?

When you remove a result from Google’s search engine, you are only removing it from Google. Unfortunately, this means that the result may still appear on other search engines like Bing and Yahoo.

Alternatively, Google may re-index the search result or keep a cache of the webpage. Google’s search engine constantly re-indexes websites to return the most accurate information to users. If you remove a search result but don’t delete the webpage, images, and URL, Google may re-index the content and list it again.

If you want to fully remove a website from the internet, you need to delete all traces of it — including the website’s content, images, URL, and search results. We’ll cover this process in detail later.

But first, let’s cover the “why.”

Keeping Up with the Blue Bird

As one of the most popular platforms, Twitter offers plenty of opportunities to keep tabs on trends you are interested in. The Saved Searches feature is here to help, but you can quickly exhaust the 25 slots for your queries. Luckily, it only takes a moment to delete a saved search and create room for more.

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