Hide Pages in Google Search with New Removals Report

Hide Pages in Google Search with New Removals Report

Announced today on the Google Webmaster Central Blog is a new feature in Search Console that enables site owners to temporarily hide pages from appearing in Google Search results. 

The updated capabilities stem from a new version of the Removals report, which offers an efficient way to manage which pages of site show-up in Search. This tool also provides insights on pages that have been reported via other Google public tools, like SearchSafe. 

Search Console New Removal Report

3 Ways to Leverage the New Removals Report

The announcement discusses three components that will be part of the new Removals report in Search Console: temporary removals, outdated content, and SafeSearch filtering requests.

Temporary Removals

For pages that need to be removed from Google Search quickly, a temporary removal request will hide the page from the search results for about six months and clear the cached copy of the page. For SEO’s and site owners, this will be the primary feature that you’ll use to actively remove content in the Search results.

Google offers two types of these requests available to site owners:

  • Temporary remove URL hides the page from Google Search results for about six months and clears the cached copy of the page.
  • Clear cache URL wipes out the cached page and removes the page description snippet in Search results until it’s crawled again.

Temporary Removals Search Console

Outdated Content

This section provides site owners with information on removal requests made via the public Remove Outdated Content tool. This unique tool can be used by anyone (not just site owners) to update search results showing information that is no longer present on a page.

SafeSearch filtering

The SafeSearch filtering section of the Removals tool displays a history of pages on a site that were reported by Google users as adult content using the SafeSearch Suggestion tool. Pages that have been submitted using this tool are manually reviewed. I Google believes the content should be filtered from SafeSearch results, these pages are then flagged as adult content.

For more information about the new Removals report, read the official announcement here or follow the discussion on Twitter.