What Are Google Sitelinks & How to Remove Unwanted Sitelink

Google search is targeted to give as much value as possible to a searcher and being a Blogger; it’s our role to know what all Google offers and how we can use it for our advantage. One of them is Google sites links and today in this article, we will learn about it and learn how we can remove unwanted sites links from Google search.

What are Google sites links?

Google shows some of the links from your site when somebody searches for your brand name or sitename in Google. Such links are called sitelinks. Google have their algo to determine such links, but from my observation, pages that are well linked and most popular on your blog are promoted as sitelink.

Here is an example of sitelink for ShoutMeLoud:

Google Sitelinks

Google has a special algorithm to analyze the link structure of any site to find shortcuts that could save time of users and also they can allow them to find quickly the information they’re looking for. There are some myths among users that these site link depend upon the traffic of particular link.

According to GoogleThe links that show up underneath the first search result and which lead to specific pages deeper within the site. Sitelinks enable users to jump directly to important parts of a site, which is often useful for large, complex websites. Sitelinks have the additional advantage of giving users an overview of a website’s content by highlighting some of the popular parts of the site.

Google display sitelinks when a site has a minimum of three sitelinks available.

How to Block/Remove unwanted site link from Google Search:

By default when Google shows sitelink, we have very little control over it but we always have the permission to block sitelinks which we don’t want to show in search result. Infact, when you analyze your blog sitelink, make sure to check if there is any unwanted pages are shown in your sitelink. If yes, here is a quick tutorial on how you can get rid of unwanted sitelinks using Google Webmaster tool.

  • Login to your Google Search console tool dashboard
  • Click on Search Appearance > Sitelinks
  • Add link to page which you want to remove from sitelink index
  • Click on Demote and your sitelink will be removed in some time.

Always remember this demotion is temporory and after few months, depending on your site structure Google may re-add that link and you need to refollow the above procedure to get rid of unwanted sitelinks from search.

Here is a quick video to make you understand the whole process of removing sitelinks from Search:

If you still have any query regarding sitelinks, do let me know via a comment and I will love to answer your query.

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Himanshu is a full time professional blogger from India. He is passionate about computer technologies. He daily updates his blog Guiding Tech. Apart from writing on internet he likes listening to music, reading various tech magazines and several other blogs on internet.


COMMENTs ( 6 )

  1. HITMAN says

    how to know which one of our bog post is not yet indexd in google engine..?
    now i have 1300+ posts in blogg & i want to know which one is not indexd in google, bcoz by using this query “site:blog.url” i have found 600 links of my blog posts in google search…

  2. Lionel says

    Thanks for writing this informative post. But can you please explain how to enable site links easily for a new blog?

  3. Abhinav Sonkar says

    Good info up there!

    Yes, it has nothing to do with traffic, neither does it pick up hot post on the blogs. I guess the algorithm tries to find categories on the blog and converts it into sitelinks.

    But I don’t think there would be any need of disabling it unless it sitelinks a particularly unimportant post! :P

    • stV says

      Demotion is absolutely necessary for every website with a yearly programme (example : theater venues), otherwise sitelinks to last year’s events will remain while the new season is running. The thing is, you also need to adapt your sitemap in order for the demotion to be effective.

  4. Himanshu says

    @Kikolani Absolutely, sitelinks provide informations about the website, without visiting the website ,so it is very important for any website,i think Google algorithm somehow depend on Niche, however it is not necessary because one of my friend write a popular post on Rapidshare and Google made a Sitelink named as Rapidshare, however there is only a single post of Rapidshare on his website, so it is actually very difficult to understand how the algorithm works.

  5. Kikolani says

    Interesting… I always wondered why some sites had that extra information and others didn’t. Seems like that would be a good attention grabber, assuming the sitelinks point to content you want to focus on your site.

    ~ Kristi