How to Remove URL from Google Search Engine Results Page: Sometimes you publish a post on your blog and later on you decide to delete this post for some reason. But the URL of that post will stay indexed on the Google Search Engine Results Page.
Now if a visitor from the Google search results page tries to reach that page by clicking on the indexed URL, then he will get a 404 error on your website. This will reflect a bad impression on your overall off-page SEO as the tendency of the bounce rate will increase.
In order to avoid that issue, you may either remove this URL from Google Search Engine Results Page or you can set a custom 301 redirection for this particular URL.
And in this post, I’ll show you how easily you can remove URL from Google Search Engine Results Page.
So let’s start.
Find out the broken URL(s) from the Google Search Engine Results Page
You may not know the number of broken URLs of your website that indexed on the Google search engine results page. There may be a lot. The easy way to find all these URLs that are indexed on Google by searching with a Google search tag. All you just need to write site:your_site_name.com on Google search box.
Here is how it looks like
Now you will see all the indexed links (URLs) of your website on Google. Here you need to go through the links and find out the link which is broken.
Like in my case, I found this link indexed on Google Search Results Page which is a broken. I can recognize that URL ’cause I’ve removed that post for some reason.
But how will you be able to recognize that it’s a broken link?
It is when you will click on that link, it will open up showing a 404 error that the page you’re looking for may be removed or the permalink has changed.
So here you can see that the page is removed from my website but the URL is still there on Google. Now let’s remove this URL from Google Search Engine Results Page.
Remove URL from Google Search Engine Results Page
I hope you have already created an account and linked your website on Google Webmaster Tools aka Google Search Console. If you haven’t done it yet, go and create an account on Google Search Console and link your domain there.
- Log in to your Google Search Console.
- Click on Removals from the left panel.
- On the Temporary Removals section, click on New Request.
4. On the next pop-up window, under Temporary Removals, add your URL and click on Remove this URL only and then click Next to proceed.
5. Now it will ask for confirmation, all you just need to click on Submit Request.
Now you will see that the URL is listed there and is processing to be removed from Google Search Engine Results Page.
It will take up to 6 to 10 hours to be removed from the Google Search Engine Results Page. After that, you will see the status has changed to Temporarily removed.
That’s It. You have successfully removed URL from Google Search Engine Results Page.
So in this blog post, I’ve shown you how to remove URL from Google Search Engine Results Page. If you find yourself stuck at any point while processing these steps, you can ask me through a comment.
One more thing, whether a URL is indexed on Google Search Engine Results Page or not, you can very quickly check it by adding double inverted commas on that URL. Just like this “https://yoursitename.com/your-post-permalink”
If the URL is indexed on Google it will only pop up, if not then Google will say no relevant search items have found on your query or something.
I hope this blog post was beneficial to you. Cheers : )