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How Long Before Dead Pages are Removed

Page Removals

3:47 pm on Nov 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

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We removed a vast number of pages from our server
over a month ago. Even did a Site removal request, in webmaster tools that appeared to be honored. We then, after pages appeared
removed, did a cancellation of the site removal request.
Immediately afterward all pages reappeared in the Serps,
even those that no longer exist. How long do you think it
will be before these pages, which we believe somewhere along the
way has led to our penalty, will take before they are truly removed?
5:38 pm on Nov 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Google likes to hang on to pages for quite a while, sometimes up to a year. Best bet is to be sure that requests for those removed pages return a proper 404 or 410 status code. Also, if you use an xml sitemap be sure it is updated to reflect the removals. Then all you can do is sit back and wait.