lucy24 - 8:10 pm on Jun 11, 2013 (gmt 0)
So how do I encourage Google to go and look again at the pages and completely remove them from its index?
Remove the robots.txt block and step aside quickly. That's all it takes. Well, it worked for me on a slew of microscopic-traffic pages that had been roboted-out for a year. So it really shouldn't be necessary to do anything more.
Yes, google's own documentation is misleading. In this case you have to translate as "do as we DO, not as we say" :(