Since Google panda update, I have removed 100+ posts from ShoutMeLoud which can be considered as low quality post. I used Google analytics to find the post which are not getting any hit after Google panda update.
Earlier Google wants you to add noindex tag or URL should give 404 error before you put a request for URL removal. Now Google team has made a change for verified website owners and now you can simply request for URL removal from search engine without blocking your verified site page.
Google will keep indexing the URL but it will not show it in search result for 90 days. After 90 days, Google will again start showing that URL into search result. Though you can use any of the three method to completely remove such URL’s from search engine.
- Add noindex meta tag
- Page should give 404 or 410 status code
- Block page using Robots.txt
This is a good feature for Website owners as they can quickly get rid of low quality posts from search result and if it works for you, you can get rid of such low quality pages for ever. You can also refer to official Google page to understand how blog URL removal works.
Do let us know if you have made any changes after Panda update and removed low quality posts from your blog?
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