What if you had written about a new product say mobile device 10 years back and now the product is no where seen. And your blog archive post and URL from Search Engine results says something like “Check out the brand new mobile device”. Well, no one would even bother to look at such posts and it’s better to remove such URL from Search Engine results.
I had recently written a post and the URL looked something like ”http://howtotechguru.com/Browser/sync-bookmarks-browsers/181” but later I modified the URL and stopped adding tags or categories in URL and updated the same URL to “http://howtotechguru.com/sync-bookmarks-browsers/181“, there is no “Browser” in the second URL. Just the day after I updated this, I used to get “Not Followed” crawl errors on Google Webmasters and had to correct this immediately. I tried checking my URL by fetching it as Google and used to get failed message.
Also Check: “How to fetch your website as Google“
Then I removed ‘Browser’ from this URL and clicked on fetch as Google and it passed and had asked me to resubmit this URL for indexing. But this issue might occur again and to avoid this in future follow the following steps:
- There is an option named ‘Remove URLs’ in Webmaster Tools >> Optimization.
- Click on ‘create a new removal request’ and enter the URL that you want to be removed permanently from Search results.
- Click on ‘continue’.
- Select the right reason from the dropdown before removal.
- Followed by ‘Submit Request’.
- Google will do the rest of the job for you and you can check Webmasters tool again on the next day.
- You can always reinclude the URL after removal from status page in Webmasters.
This is a common problem for those write about a product or a gadget and don’t update. Instead you can try to compare the new product in the market with the old product and write about what are the new features and improvements. By doing this people might look into both your new as well as old posts. But if your post is too old and if there are hardly any visitors then it’s better to delete such posts and remove the indexed URL from Search Engine results like Google or Bing.