Adnan123
Adnan123 asked
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over a year ago

How to remove page(s) from Google Search quickly?

Unfortunately, Google (and Bing if that matters) have indexed unwanted pages on my new Wordpress website. For example mydomain.com/gallery/stockphoto-123 And other pointless URLs which came with my default theme. How do I remove the pages as soon as possible?

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Matt1966
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over a year ago

The quickest way to remove a page from Google is to 410 the page. Second quickest being a 404.

When you delete a page on Wordpress (or any website), the page will automatically turn into a 404. Google will crawl the page a couple of times, and within a few months, the page will be dropped. Whereas with the 410 response, Google will crawl it, and instantly delete the page from their index. So it depends on how quickly you want them gone.

As you're using Wordpress, I'm sure they'll be many plugins which can do this for you. If you're techy, and comfortable with htaccess, you could also simply add:

RewriteRule ^gallery/stockphoto-123/ - [L,R=410]
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Matt1966
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over a year ago

The quickest way to remove a page from Google is to 410 the page. Second quickest being a 404.

When you delete a page on Wordpress (or any website), the page will automatically turn into a 404. Google will crawl the page a couple of times, and within a few months, the page will be dropped. Whereas with the 410 response, Google will crawl it, and instantly delete the page from their index. So it depends on how quickly you want them gone.

As you're using Wordpress, I'm sure they'll be many plugins which can do this for you. If you're techy, and comfortable with htaccess, you could also simply add:

RewriteRule ^gallery/stockphoto-123/ - [L,R=410]
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The best way to remove the page from the google search result is to use the noindex tag in the header part of the website. This is a small code snippet that tells Google and other search engines not to show in the search result. If you are using content management like WordPress, there you will get many SEO plugins that help you to add the noindex tag in the pages.

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Afraid that is not correct, when google first crawls a page it will not include the page if that tag is present. If however, you add the tag after it's been crawled google can take many months if ever to remove it. I have seen pages 2 years old but it has the tag noindex. The only sure way is to return a 410 error code. It gets dropped very quick then.
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