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"Immediate Temporary URL Removal" now in Google Webmaster Tools

     
11:22 am on May 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Google just made an announcement about a new URL removal feature in webmaster tools:
[googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com...]

You can now temporarily remove URLS via webmaster tools without removing them from the site or blocking them from googlebot first. Such removals last 90 days and have UI to reverse the removal.
12:43 pm on May 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

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This seems like sanity. If you are already verified as responsible for the site, then there's no need to jump through hoops.
1:00 pm on May 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Another reason to be careful who gets webmaster tools access. A disgruntled ex-employee with access can do a lot of damage to a site. Re-target the site to a small island nation, or now remove key pages from the index.

When my site loses traffic, one of items on my checklist is now webmaster tools. Just to make sure nobody's fingers slipped on any of the controls. I haven't figured out ways to make sure QA monitors it. Its not as easy as "Make sure page X is crawlable, linked from the home page, and contains 'keyphrase' in the title".
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Another reason to be careful who gets webmaster tools access.


deadsea, It is true for anything and everything.Not just WMT but also your servers.

I would say that is a good feature. But what is notable is google seem to be doing a lot recently in helping/forcing webmasters to remove pages from their index.
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I'd rather have these features than not, but I'm constantly frustrated by how "invisible" SEO problems are. robots.txt, meta tags, and webmaster tools don't affect how users see your site but they do affect how crawlers access and index your site. I've found that traffic loss due to problems in these areas is often harder to diagnose than more user visible problems.
 

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