Although unlikely, sometimes it is possible to convince a site to take down defamatory content. If the website in question removes a negative article about you but it still appears in your Google search results, you can submit a request to remove outdated content here.

 

The need for this might arise when you’ve realized that you have pages that are no longer relevant for various reasons: old products or staff members, tour options you no longer offer, or pages that are simply causing duplicate content on your site.

 

The majority of website owners choose to simply delete the unwanted content. They probably do so because they don’t know any better. The problem with entirely deleting pages from your website is that since you’ve already established the pages on the net, they’re likely to be linked from other pages on your own site as well as external links from other sites (such as social media mentions, bookmarks, shares, or even plain old linkage).

 

When you delete the content, Google (and other crawl bots) immediately identify that page as a missing page, which may harm your SEO efforts and overall rankings.

 

There are three way to overcome this issue:

 

  • remove pages with the Google Remove URLs Tool via your Search Console account

  • exclude pages from being crawled using your Robots.txt file (if you’re using Wordpress, Yoast SEO is a wonderful tool for this)

  • indicate that the page should not to be indexed using the “noindex meta tag” (this method is not as secure as the two methods above and may be a little tricky if you don’t know your way around coding).

Make sure to clean up after you and never leave a missing page by applying one of the three solutions above.

 

But be warned:

That strategy will ONLY work if the original content was actually deleted. In other words, don’t try to fool Google.

 

Here’s where things get tricky. You really only have two options if you want to get a news article removed from the internet:

 

  • Ask the website owner to remove it

  • Bury negative news articles in Google with ORM

However, proceed with caution if you plan to contact any websites. You should seek professional advisement before you reach out so you don’t make your situation worse. Here are a few guidelines to keep in mind:

  • Be courteous and polite

  • NEVER bully people with legal threats.

  • Understand that most website owners may not be sympathetic to your request — especially if the content drives traffic to their site.

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Since it’s highly unlikely that someone will honor your request, let’s move on to the next section.

 

 

Google will only remove content if it poses a real risk of financial harm, identity theft or other types of injury. Mostly, the list includes sensitive personal information.

 

Here are a few examples of search results that Google might remove:

  • Social Security Number

  • Bank account or credit card numbers

  • Confidential or personal medical records

  • Photos of signatures

  • Nude or sexually explicit images