Removing A Page From the Search Engines: Google & Yahoo Easy; & Hard

May 1, 2007 • 6:57 am | comments (8) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under SEO - Search Engine Optimization

A Cre8asite Forums thread tells the perfect story of someone who wants a page they own to be removed from the search engines.

One of my clients is an attorney and all of his partners have their own biography page on his website. One of the partners just left the firm and I removed her file from the server.

Now when her name shows up in the SE's, it's linked to a 404 error page I created, "Page cannot be found..."

My client doesn't want her name showing up at all in the SE's with a link to his website, even if it's to an error page.

With Google or Yahoo, there are ways to expedite the removal of the cache page and URL from the search engine. Recently, Google announced a new way to remove content from Google. You basically login to your verified Google Webmaster Central account and use the remove page tool. Yahoo also has a delete URL feature that allows verified site owners to remove URLs from their search index.

But the problem here is that this specific client, in the example above, wants the page removed from MSN Search. Microsoft has not given us a way to expedite the removal of a page or the cache results. Nor has

So what can a person do?

Softplus in the forums offers some suggestions:

(1) 404 the page, but that may take a pretty long time to impact the search results. (2) Just change the content of that page and the next time Mr. Spider comes to crawl the page, the cache will be updated and the content you want removed will be gone. (3) 301 the page to a different but related page.

Here are some other ideas: - Block the page using a robots.txt command - Add the nocache tag to the page

I personally think option two might be the quickest method outside of using a tool to remove the page, which is not offered by Microsoft of

Forum discussion at Cre8asite Forums.

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05/01/2007 03:59 pm

I think the 301 is also pretty fast depending on the trust level.

Anatoly Lubarsky

05/01/2007 07:46 pm

Google removal doesn't work when you block the page via robots.txt and robots.txt is larger than 5000 bytes.


05/02/2007 10:34 am

RustyBrick your suggestions wont work. Because of a flaw I highlighted in Googles implementation of the robots.txt protocal even pages you explicitly exclude using robots.txt can still rank in the SERP, and sometimes do quite well, although they seem to adopt the title text of the highest value link to them. For more infor read "non-indexed pages out-ranking optimised ones - robots.txt flaw"

Barry Schwartz

05/02/2007 10:49 am

Teddie, thanks for your comment. Very interesting find.


10/16/2009 02:59 pm

Aside from the options already discussed, you can also remove a name from google search by companies who offer such services. A good company I tried is Zallas Technologies. They were pretty effective and fast. Here's the link to the website


10/22/2009 04:35 pm

You can also remove your name from Google with CleanMy.Name. You can actually check them out, just Google them. I have personal experience with them and they were very good. Got my name off the first pages of Google as quick as you can say RustyBrick. =) Hope this helps!


12/11/2009 05:29 pm

I have to agree with Gerard. I’ve tried the other options listed above but by far the easiest and quickest way to remove a page from Google search results is to avail of the GoogleNameCleaner service of Zallas Technologies. You won’t need any programming knowledge or do any complicated procedures and the results are fast and effective. You can learn more at


12/19/2012 08:49 am

How much did it cost you? Do you remember?

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