Removing your page from Google’s search results

Dealing with different websites from time to time is fun, challenging and … risky. And at this very moment I mean a risk to publish some client’s content by accident. Finally, it has happened to me too.

When I was back in high school, there was no giant named Google. There was Google but really no one ever mentioned it in the same sentence with internet (OT: Wikipedia article about Google is a nice reading). And now, years later, every kid knows that if a web page is online, it’s in the Google as well.

Sometimes still, we do not need that to be happen. Or if it has happened, we would like to turn back time as fast as we possibly could. In my case I needed to remove hundreds of names and email addresses from it’s search results.

At first place I thought its much easier to dig an hole through the Earth than ask Google to remove one page from their search. I was deeply wrong about that. Google is offering us a very nifty tool called Website Removal tool. Using it is dead simple – button called “New removal request” calls a pop-up where you need to enter the URL that you’d like to remove, check that the page is already blocked by its administrator and wait for few hours to be proceeded by Google. Yes, you should block your site or page before using this tool, unless you’re going to use that tool again or you’ll receive message from Google that your request has been denied.

Shortly, that’s the simplest way and it worked for me. There are trickiest cases too, described on the manual page for the Webmaster Tools. Read it before starting and you should be achieving some results quite shortly.

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