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    Google Simplified URL removals for Website Owners

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    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.

    googleremovalrequest thumb Google Simplified URL removals for Website Owners

    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

    urlremovalstep2 thumb Google Simplified URL removals for Website Owners Well if the post is too old and I don’t expect it to get any traffic, I would prefer generating a 404 Error code for the page and put a request to remove the URL from Google search.

    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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    Michael Aulia @CravingTech.com

    I had around 160 posts that I would like to get de-indexed as well. What I did was put them no-index tag with the help of an SEO plug-in. So you think it’s not enough and we have to submit a URL removal to Google one by one?

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    Lalit

    Its good that Google has made this change. But removing the URLs has never been so easy for me. Once i enter the URL for removal, it shows that the URL has been added to the queue but later on, I don’t find the URL in the pending list and it is not removed. This consumes a lot of time :(

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    Amrish Singh

    Thanks For sharing this useful information Harsh . As you told before in you another post that google is loving site having less indexed page . So after that I was also searching for such way to remove my Site Pages also . And In This post You told that this post so OLD But I could not found this before .
    Thank’s

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    Tuan @ Technology Blog

    Thanks for the info.
    I also removed a lot of posts on my blog, do I need to submit request to remove the URLs or they will be removed automatically?

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    Maninder @HackTik.com

    Harsh – Thanx for this post on simplefied URL removal.
    However, I would like to clarify one thing – It may not be a nice way to delete such a large number of posts and then go through the process of de-indexing or URL removal from Google. You should rather work on improving the quality of such posts (if at all, you feel and sure about those really being of low quality). That way, you will not have to remove and delete something which you would have created with so much effort and hard work. The “delete and removal” way seems good and viable if the number of such posts is not very large.
    Although, it is also very subjective to mark such posts as low quality ones just based on the hits from the anaytics. Not getting enough hits could also mean, not many people are looking for the information /topic being discussed in those posts. There may not be enough search volumes. After all, you can not always expect to all of your posts to have the same high level of quality to drive and attract equal number of visitors.

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    Michael Aulia @CravingTech.com

    I understand your point of view and I support it. However, in my case, I removed the press releases posts (copy-pasted – so can be treated as duplicate contents with other news sites) and giveaway winners announcement posts (which is of course a low quality one)

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    Rahul Ghosh

    Hey Harsh i saw that day that your blog traffic decreased dramatically after the Panda Effect, i have a blog too and mine increased, maybe because i started the blog at the time panda effect was taking shape. Its 3 months old and gets 2000 hits in a month. Dude can you suggest some ways to improve my SEO. Webmasters tool is too small, Google should add more features.

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    Maninder @HackTik.com

    Rahul,
    I too had a look at your blog. Found it quite nice. But am little surpirsed on your chosen platform – Weebly. Why did you choose Weebly for your blog.? any specific reasons, because as such Weebly is not a very nice platform specially for blogging. I have also burnt my hands with this long time back. You could have chosen some other platform like wordpress which are far better than weebly and provides lot more flexibility to do things + built-in SEO benefits.
    Anyways, you have still been able to use even Weebly quite well. Ofcourse, at the end of day, your content and its quality is going to matter more than a mere platform.

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    Rahul Ghosh

    ya dude you are right. Basically when i started i didnt know about wordpress that much and so i went with weebly, after getting adsense approval, weebly told the take 50 percent of my adsense income. Now i am desparately looking for some help to shift to wordpress, i need some good themes for my blog and a way to transfer my pervious blog to wordpress. If you can help it would be nice. I also told Hersh about it and i am just waiting for a reply.

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    Maninder @HackTik.com

    Well Rahul, to be honest, I really don’t as yet know the way to migrate from weebly to wordpress. I never did that as well. However, as I understand it may not be that simple. One thing, I can suggest is though, if you are planning to go for a self hosted one with the providers like hostgator, dreamhost. Then may be you can visit their site and have alive chat and ask them if they would be able to help you with the migration from weebly.

    ved prakash joshi

    Great , I was looking for that

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    hamarasathi

    If i remove the post from my site and not submit to google for removal,How much effect put on my site SEO?

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    Usman@FirstHosting

    Hi, Harsh!

    I this this is very important guide you just shared.

    Because there are many people getting being affected by panda and they even don’t know what to do.

    I must say thanks.

    Regards and keep it up.

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    chandan

    I also get updates about it from Google blog. I think it is quick and better way not to index pages on Google search engine that we do not want.

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    [email protected]

    Thanks for sharing very useful information, already removed tags, now remove all low quality post

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    shenoyjoseph

    well i also removed small and waste content posts in my blog.which can improve my blog quality and also get rid off from panda update

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    fazal mayar

    good stuff harsh, i guess as website and blog owners, we have to change lots of things since the google update

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    Kok Siong Chen

    Hi Harsh! Thanks for your useful tips! However, how do you determine or rate the quality of your article? Thanks a lot!

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    BLOG404

    Google is becoming awesome day by day and reducing efforts of webmasters making available all the pro features of Premium themes like thesis .
    And 1 more thing , i am getting few “404 soft errors” in my crawl errors . Any idea how to correct it , the links there is followed by utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign . How do i rectify it ?

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    Jasmine

    Great tips. However, how do you check to make sure if a page warrants or needs to be removed (due to low quality or etc)? Is there a tool to do such checking, or we can only do such decision based on our own thoughts?

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    Digital Bunch

    Some of my useless page are remain indexed in Google. This feature is going to help me a lot.

    Thanks for letting us know about this feature.

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    enursa

    thanks for share your tips here. Hope will get better serp.

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    dgrut

    i have delete my old post (about 300 post) to sort garbage post, what should i do?

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    Raymond

    Nice Info Much more work is remaining in my old post

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    VP

    A quick advice to you guys, don’t bother much about search engines while writing. Produce original “useful” content always that’s well enough to gain search engines authority….

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    Avinash

    Harsh, thanks for the info .. Got a lot of posts removed with this method.

    I currently have a lot of links blocked via the robots.txt and the Google Webmasters Tools shows them as “Restricted by Robots.txt” do u suggest i again get them removed from the search results as well using this method.Kindly suggest

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    mohan

    Harsh,I have submitted all old permalink urls but still I could see in Google webmaster.Could you please suggest me what i need to do next?.Also Confirm that Once I migrated all my old permalink urls to new permalinks and even after google indexed all my new urls.Can i delete Permalink Migration Plugin?

    Waiting for your answer.

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    Harsh Agrawal

    @MOhan
    Here are things:
    1) Make sure your Permalinks are 301 redirected
    2) Use Broken link check plugin and under option you will see redirection links. Since it’s a 301 redirection, all old permalink will be shown and you can select all and click on fix redirection and they will be automatically updated with new links.
    3) No need to do manual removal for old links from Webmaster as they are 301 redirected.
    4) You should not if you are using dean’s permalink migration plugin, as you might miss out link juice for old links.
    Though, here is another simplified process which you can follow:
    http://wpfreesetup.com/86/how-to-change-wordpress-permalink-with-301-perma-redirection/

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    Rahul Ghosh

    Hey thanks for that i am planning to get Hostgator. Also can you suggest a Good tech theme for me, a premium one…i can spend max 100 dollars. The wordpress free themes are not nice.

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