Google is a powerhouse. There is no denying that what is on Google can impact your business or career. Even if you think that no one will find that post or comment because it was from years ago, people can – and will come across them. The best way to protect your professional identity is to simply Google it. Don’t just look at the first page of results, but search through the results pages to make sure you are happy with the content that is on there.
If you are not. Simply follow the below steps:
Use the Google URL removal tool
Google has a URL removal tool that helps remove outdated pages from their search rankings. Please note, it only works if the page has already been updated/changed or no longer exists. To request removal you must have a Google account, if you don’t, just sign up for one (it’s free!) After you have logged in, visit the Google webmaster tools and click on new removal request.
Type in the exact URL (or copy and paste) and then click continue. You will see that your request is now pending.
If multiple URLs,exist you will also need to submit the request for each additional URL. To make this process as efficient as possible, in Google Search type site:insertsitename.com.au/name (such as site:vent2me.com.au/centsandsensibility).
That’s your part completed. You just need to wait for Google to make the change (this is normally done within 24 to 48 hours) – much faster than waiting for organic changes. It’s important, to note that not all requests are approved by Google. If the URL is not removed by Google, try some of the following options instead:
Remove content for legal reasons
If you want to report content that you believe warrants removal from Google’s services based on applicable laws, use this tool to send a legal removal request.
Remove personal information
Remove content that’s not live
If the page, site or image has already been removed from the site in question, it may still show up in Google’s search results if we have not crawled the page recently. While you wait for your search results to be updated, use this tool to request Google not to show the outdated content from the page.
Until next time,
Cents and Sensibility
Julia Taine, Executive Director of Vent2Me, is a marketing problem solver and mentor. A mover and a shaker, Julia sees a niche in an industry, and takes it, by making it her own. Julia started Vent2Me, because people she knew were struggling with their online presence and their digital strategies. Julia knew she could help these people, and so here she is today.