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If you’ve ever had pages on your site that are no longer live, but still get indexed and appear within the search results, then you’ll no doubt be aware of what it takes to remove them.
Usually your first port of call will be to update the robots.txt file. This will stop the page being crawled and can eliminate some of the issues. However, for some inexperienced website owners, identifying and updating this kind of technical information can pose significant issues.
Therefore yesterday’s announcement from Google that it is integrating a URL removal option within Webmaster Tools is certainly a positive. Effectively you can now simply show the search engine what you don’t want to index just by copying and pasting the URL. This will see it removed from the search results for at least 90 days.
However, Google does still recommend that you follow the normal procedure if you want to achieve a permanent removal of a URL. This includes setting up a custom 404 or 410 permanent removal holding page. Updating the .robots.txt and applying the noindex Meta attribute.
It’s important to remove erroneous URLs as soon as possible, purely because these can damage your site. This is particularly true if the page has been replaced on a new domain or another location within the site and contains the same content. But it can also impact how your site is crawled and the perception that search engines have about it – i.e. it’s not great having a load of pages that don’t work, visitors won’t much care for that.
To find out more about the new feature, visit the Google Webmaster Blog.
The UK Search Awards is an exciting night for all; brimming with excitement, anticipation and pride, these awards showcase the very best in Digital Marketing. Our pride was overflowing as we watched our very own Sam Noble be honoured with the top prize of the night: UK Search Personality 2016.
The UK Search Awards are here and we’re pleased to announce that we’ve been shortlisted for three awards at this prestigious ceremony.
What an incredible year 2016 has been for us so far. We’ve celebrated turning 10 as a company, and in the last few months alone we’ve been nominated for a range of campaigns, won a bunch of awards and now we’ve been shortlisted for even more success.