Search Console Removal Tool

Welcome 2020 ! And Google continues its feature improvements.

It’s been 2 years, Google launched new version of Search Console. The new version is much more improved and fast result oriented tool that help SEO professionals to monitor their websites.

So here is another big feature addition to search console on the pages you don’t want show on Google or want o hide the outdated content.

Let’s explore. What’s new in it !

About Google Search Console Removal Tool:

Using the removal tools google allows to control on your content on the SERP. If you don’t want to show certain page content on the search result or want to hide the our dated content then, this tools is definitely the best way to take immediate action.

How to access the removal tool ?

removal tool

Method 1: You can access the tool within Google Search Console, under the “Index” menu, labeled as “Removals.”

Method 2: You can also go to https://search.google.com/search-console/removals to access the tool and then select a property.

How to Use Search Console Removal Tool ?

The tool does three things. You can use the tool according to your need.

1. Temporarily remove URLs:

The tool lets you temporarily hide URLs from showing in Google search,

Google gives you two types of removals:
  • Temporary remove URL will hide the URL from Google Search results for about six months and clear the cached copy of the page.
  • Clear cache URL clears the cached page and wipes out the page description snippet in Search results until the page is crawled again.

Here is what the screen looks like:

Temporary removals

Temporarily removals do not actually delete your URL from Google’s index, instead, it just hides the URL for about six-months from showing up in the search results.

You will still need to permanently block the URL in the future, such as using a 404, robots.txt or another method to block the URL.

2. Control Outdated Content

The option shows you which content is not in Google because it is “outdated content”.

The outdated content section provides information on removal requests made through the public Remove Outdated Content tool, which can be used by anyone to update search results showing information that is no longer present on a page,

Google said. You can see a history of all requests to update or remove outdated Google Search results for your site that were made using the Remove Outdated Content tool in the past 6 months.

Here is what the screen looks like :

Outdated Content

3. Safesearch Filter

This section shows you which of your content was reported as adult content.

Google users can report specific URLs as adult-only to Google using the SafeSearch suggestion tool.

URLs submitted using this tool are reviewed, and if Google feels that this content should be filtered from SafeSearch results, these URLs are tagged as adult content.

Here is what the screen looks like :

Safesearch Filitering

Wrapping it up

Use the removal tool for better snippet experience for the users and keep control on outdated, adult content. Google says, if your content is accepted or liked by users then it is liked by Google as well resulting higher rank on the SERP.

Author: Taptaparna