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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Removing site from Google search results

Some webmasters might be wondering if it is possible to remove the content of another website from the search listings of Google. However, this is not the case always.

Google allows the webmasters to solve the issue by consensus or mutual understanding. They ask the webmaster questioning the listing to contact the webmaster of the site which is in question.

To the contrary, Google might consider a removal request of the website from its listings in case there exist certain conditions. The conditions in which they are problem sites or problem content can be listed as below:

  • If the site is engaged in spam

  • If the site is engaged in buying or selling links that pass PageRank

  • If the content need to be removed from Google's index because of a copyright infringement which will need a DMCA takedown request

  • If the site is infected with malware or malicious software

  • If the webmaster does not make the changes after you request and the page contains your personal or private information

In all these cases you may contact Google through their URL removal tool.

We should inform Google about a URL or content from the search results, if we find any unethical SEO technique being used by the webmaster. This will ensure that all the sites in the web get equal treatment and follow professional as well as ethical methods.

Hats off to all SEO folks who follow White Hat techniques for optimization!!

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