Possible Bug May Drop Your Whole Site With Google's URL Removal Tool

Feb 7, 2014 • 8:34 am | comments (3) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Google 404 ErrorA webmaster posted an issue in the Google Webmaster Help forums with the Google URL Removal tool.

In short, the site he is working on was hacked. He is using the tool to manually remove the hacked pages from Google, one by one. But for some reason, one of the URLs he entered triggered not just one page to be removed but all.

He asked:

Why on earth would the Google Webmaster Tool developers think that url parameters were irrelevant, and how do we get this fixed?

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John Mueller from Google responded in the thread saying:

Thanks for reporting this, Michael (and thanks for escalating, Grace!). I'll check with the engineering team to see what's happening here. It's great to see you help clean up this kind of hacked content!

It might be the configuration of the hack, confusing Google? I am unsure.

Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help.

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02/07/2014 04:56 pm

My guess: that the removal tool works at the page level, not the parameter level.

Paul Ryan

02/07/2014 11:31 pm

Yes, I noticed this when I tried to remove URLs with a query string (?p=xxxx) for a site that I bought and had a bunch of pages indexed that didn't exist. To get around it, I redirected them all to another page and did a fetch as Google and then submitted to the index. Even after the pages were removed from the index, I left the redirect in place for a few months before removing it.


02/10/2014 09:49 am

they even not support regular expressions in their "urls removal tool"!

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