| 9:21 pm on May 4, 2005 (gmt 0)|
You need to set up your server to respond
404 NOT FOUND
And then, Googlebot will understand, and delete those urls for ever. I did it, and saw it.
| 11:32 pm on May 4, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Gone is 410
Unauthorized is 401
| 4:36 am on May 6, 2005 (gmt 0)|
make sure you have a valid robots.txt
make double sure you have a valid robots.txt
make triple sure you have a valid robots.txt that disallows only what you want removed.
submit your robots.txt to google removal tool using the 'robots.txt option'
It will remove whatever is disallowed
| 4:51 am on May 6, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Whatever URL's you remove this way will be removed for 6 months.
Do not remove any URL you wish to use in the next 6 months ESPECIALLY / or /index.htm
you could do whole old directories (that you won't be using again)
will remove all files in that directory.
| 4:56 am on May 6, 2005 (gmt 0)|
sandpetra - if you only have a few pages you can use the removal tool for single URLs:
However generally it's better to keep old pages and update that content. Old pages tend to rank better in Google.
| 5:01 pm on May 7, 2005 (gmt 0)|
i was able to use the google removal tools to delete obsolete cached content in less than 24 hours, and there are other options for different kinds of content removal. they seem to make it pretty easy to take care of situations like this.
| 5:45 pm on May 7, 2005 (gmt 0)|
I agree. Google removal tools work...as long as you're 100% sure of what you want to remove. One mistake and you're gone for at least 6 months.
| 6:43 pm on May 10, 2005 (gmt 0)|
thanks speda1, wanted to say