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[edited by: goodroi at 7:47 pm (utc) on Oct 6, 2017]
[edit reason] Delinked example urls [/edit]
We don't use such sitemap plugin >1.5 years. So technically we don't have any page linking to that URL ?
it's perfectly normal for Google to ask for old 404 pages that may no longer exist.
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 11:43 pm (utc) on Oct 22, 2017]
[edit reason] tidying up thread [/edit]
bulk removing thin pagesI remember that Google has advised not to use the bulk removal tool for this kind of change. Using the bulk removal tool inappropriately is a common error, and unfortunately one that is often recommended on blogs and forums, so you need to do your research carefully.
- The URL removal tool is not meant to be used for normal site maintenance like this. This is part of the reason why we have a limit there.
- The URL removal tool does not remove URLs from the index, it removes them from our search results. The difference is subtle, but it's a part of the reason why you don't see those submissions affect the indexed URL count.