Can You Remove a Site From a Country Specific Google Search Engine?

Jun 20, 2008 • 8:01 am | comments (0) by | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

An unusual question came up at WebmasterWorld, asking if you can request a site to be completely removed from a country specific Google search engine.

For example, the site owner wants to remove his site from Google Netherlands, because the site has some issues being available to Holland searchers. So the owner of the site wants to remove it from all search results within the Google Holland/Netherlands search engine.

Is that even possible? I don't think so. And WebmasterWorld administrator, Tedster, also said he doesn't know of a way to do that.

No way that I've ever heard of, Aji. There's no pick-and-choose by country in the current set-up, except for some cases of local country laws that Google handles automatedly. Googlebots all share one crawl-cache these days, too.

I believe in the past, you can block specific country specific crawlers in your robots.txt file. I believe that still works for Yahoo Search, but for Google, they use one generic crawler these days.

Maybe a Googler can chime in here, if it is possible?

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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