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I have 88,000 product pages that I want removed from Google's listing because they're from a store that has been replaced. I have instructions in my robots.txt file to prevent bots from crawling the directory that holds the shopping cart script.
With so many pages indexed, does anyone have experience with how long this might take for the pages to fully drop out? I have been waiting 1 month so far and only about 6K pages have been removed. I don't know if they'll trickle out or be removed in large blocks.
you should be off the index in a couple of weeks
I just changed a domain name on a site, about 6 weeks later I'm still seeing material related to old site appear in various searches, like allinurl, site: etc, google is being slow about certain parts of updating their index, quick about others, I don't think you can count on such a short time period.
Three months and waiting now for one of my websites (~5,000 pages disallowed). The material finally went away three weeks ago but then re-appeared again a week or two ago with all the old stuff listed as "supplemental".
I've written to Google about it and just got their standard "we don't deal with individual puny mortals" email.
thanks for the comments.
With redirects, I thought about trying a 301 but there are thousands of different product links. Can you have 301s with wild cards or something like that so that the product page can redirect to it's new product page.
I did manage to reengineer my cart so that all product links, such as related products, linked to the new cart. But the pages still were not dropping up.
I didn't try the Google page removal feature. If I'm not mistaken that feature simply requests for the bot to examine the robots.txt file. But I'll try it right now since it can't hurt.
BTW, getting all of these pages removed is important to me because I feel like Google will only index so many pages of a site based upon things like the pages's popularity. So I feel that I'm 'spending' my indexing income on site pages that are not producing that much form me.