Google: Removing HTTP URL Via Search Console Removes Other Versions Too

Feb 23, 2017 - 7:27 am 6 by

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John Mueller from Google said in a Google Webmaster Help thread that if you remove the HTTP version from the Google Search Console, it may remove the other versions as well. He said "if you remove the http version in search console, it'll also remove the other versions too (https / www / non-www). "

So if you remove the http://www.domain.com/page.html using the Google removal tool in Google Search Console, it will also remove the https://www.domain.com/page.html, http://domain.com/page.html and the http://www.domain.com/page.html versions of that page.

John said you don't want to do that in most cases, unless you want the page really gone.

John Mueller said:

Woah - wait :). If you remove the http version in search console, it'll also remove the other versions too (https / www / non-www). That's almost certainly not what you want. Requesting removal or recrawling/reindexing of the individual bad URLs would be better.

In general, though it's been a while now, this should settle down over time, especially as you clean up & fold together some of the thinner pages. As far as I can see here, the hacked content (from back then) isn't something that's holding your site back.

Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help.

 

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