How to Remove Broken Indexed Website URL From Google Search Engine

Google is well known to index every URL of any website quickly. It will indexed your website links as soon as they will find it. After Google have indexed your website pages and if you have deleted some of your website pages after some time or got deleted accidentally then it will be there in the Google search engine.

Update: Google have updated webmasters tool so I will suggest you to watch this
Video Tutorial – How to Remove Indexed Link from Google Search Engine Easily

Google may take months to remove that delete URL if you have not informed Google about it. As we know that broken links of a website present in Search Engines may harm the ranking of website in search engines that is why we all concentrate on fixing broken links. Google usually removes the non existing URL from its search result pages but it can takes more time.

So, you have to do something so that those URLs are removed quickly without harming the ranking of your website.

To solve these type of problems, Google already have a tool called Webmasters Tool that can be used to inform Google Search Engine to remove those non existing pages from their search results and if you are using Webmaster Tools then those links will be removed within few days.

If you are new in Google Webmaster Tools then You Must Read the following posts:

What is Google Webmasters Tools

How to Submit Website in Google Webmaster Tools

How to Submit Sitemap to Google Webmasters Tool

Procedure of Removing Broken Links from Google Search Engine using Webmaster Tools

Step 1: First of all login into Webmaster Tools account using your Google account. After Login you will be redirected to the dashboard. Click on the Website URL which is related to Broken URL. If you are using only one website then you will see only one website otherwise you will see the list their.

Step 2: After clicking on the website URL, It will open Dashboard related to that website. See on the left side bar on Dashboard. It will look similar to the following screenshot.

Step 3: Click on Site Configuration option and it will open a drop down list. Now select Crawler access option. It will open a new page where you will find all details related to the crawler and your robots file. See the third link present there. It is Remove URL.

Step 4: After Clicking on Remove URL Link, It will Open a new page similar to the following screenshot.


Step 5: Click on New Removal Request Button and enter the end URL of your website which you want to remove from Google Search Engine and click on continue button.

Step 6: It will redirect you to a new page where you have to select the possible reason of deletion and click on submit request button.

Finally you have informed Google to remove the URL from search Engine. If there are multiple URLs then repeat the same steps again and again. Once your request URL is deleted by Google you will see the status like deleted at that page.

Come after couple of days to see whether it is deleted or not. Use the above steps to come to the last page.

This is an easy way to remove your broken links that are indexed in Google. Hope you have understood it easily. If you have any doubt then please feel free to ask it here.

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Comments

  1. I’m using a broken link checker plugin for this. But cant remove the link with that.
    Thanks for sharing this :-)

    • PankajGupta says:

      No need to take worry about broken links if your website is very big. Google webmaster tool will keep telling you about that then you can follow the above steps to remove those URLs easily.

  2. If I remove URL’s with this procedure because I’ve changed the path of the pages, will the new paths be indexed automatically?, I mean, after I remove something.com/page-1-a.html because now is the same content but the URL is now something.com/page-1.html will the new adress be indexed correctly?, hope I explained myself, thanks in advance.

    • PankajGupta says:

      No it will not be indexed automatically. It will be considered as new URL. So, you will have to follow the same steps to index any new posts.

  3. Jamie Boyle says:

    I have a question for you. Recently I had a person copy 62 of my articles from my blog about goldfish that ended up causing my traffic to decrease and his site to be listed in Google Search Engine and mine not to be found. My site used to come up on the first page of Google Results for various search terms but from him copying my work it’s not to be found.

    I contacted the hosting company for copyright violation and his site was removed. The problem is his site has all those broken links in the results that are still coming up. I want to get those removed so my site will come back up where it use to be. My traffic decreased as a result of this person.

    How long does it take Google to remove broken links from the search results? Also is there something else I can do to speed this up? I cannot use Google Webmaster tools as I am not the owner of Home Aquarium Set Up that stole my content.

    Please any advice would be appreciated on this matter.

    Thanks,

    Jamie Boyle

    • PankajGupta says:

      If that website is closed now, then it may take maximum 7-10 days for Google to de-index all the link of that website and once that website is removed from Google, Your Content will become original. So, You have to wait till Google removes the content of that website. It will not take much time. Meanwhile, you can bookmark your contents on social bookmarking websites which will help you a lot to get higher ranking in search engines.

      One more thing, I visited your website and found that you have created your website on blogger. Actually it takes much time for blogger blogs to get better ranking in search engine. I will suggest you to start your website on wordpress because Google loves wordpress and wordpress comes with few built in SEO. If it is possible for you to start wordpress blog, then check out my Free WordPress installation service.

  4. Jamie Boyle says:

    Thanks! Hopefully it won’t take long to de-index from Google Search results. This is the second time I’ve encountered this problem and this whole situation has been quite a pain. I think my site is PR3 but I will look at social bookmarking websites. It’s something I’ve been meaning to do but just haven’t got around to it yet.

    I actually do want to convert my blogger blog into a wordpress blog. I do get some good traffic on this blog and I am afraid by doing so it will affect my page rankings. I know it shouldn’t but just a fear I have. Put a lot of time into that blog as it’s a hobby of mine and business.

    I’ll check out the links you’ve provided.

    thanks for your feedback and suggestions.

    Sincerely,

    Jamie Boyle

    • PankajGupta says:

      You are most welcome Jamie Boyle. One suggestion I can give you. Keep this blog as it is and in future start blogs only using wordpress.

  5. Ashishsukhija says:

    Thanks for the wonderful tutorial pankaj now moving to the webmaster tutorials..

  6. Hiren Modi says:

    Today, I was searching for How much time Google will take to De-Index 301 redirected pages on Google. And, I come to know about your blog post. It’s quite interesting. I have big concern with duplicate page Title & meta Description which creates via 301 redirect.

    I want to give one example to know more about it. I have changed URLs for 11,000 product pages and set up 301 redirect from OLD URLs to NEW URLs. Google have crawl and index my new product pages and quite slower to De-Index my old product pages. It creates duplicate page Title & meta Description issue which I have found in Google webmaster tools.

    Is there any method which help me to increase De-Indexing ration for 301 redirected pages?

    • PankajGupta says:

      If you have recently did this redirection from old to new URLs then it may take anywhere from 30-50 days or usually sooner depending on how fast Google is crawling each of your posts. Since you have already redirected your old URLs to new, you will start getting traffic on new URLs and slowly slowly your old URLs will be removed from Google. If some of the URLs have backlinks then they may take some more time. Since I already had applied this redirection to my blog and for me, I guess it was less than 30 days. But since your website have more URLs, it may take some more time.

      P.S. You can see the videos here to make yourself more comfortable : http://www.youtube.com/user/GoogleWebmasterHelp/videos

      Thanks for your question and welcome to my blog :)

  7. I have uploaded some documents on slideshare but now I have removed those files.Plus I have requested the webmaster If he could help me remove the URL as I can still see the same thing through Google web cache search result, I also made a broken link removal request to Google which is on pending now and wondering whether I took all the correct steps to remove my files from the web or do I still need to do something and If did correct then normally how long Google take to remove or clear these search result?

    Regards,

    • PankajGupta says:

      Google bots need to visit that link again so that they can update it with new cache but since that URL is deleted therefore it may take few days/week to update that cache or delete that.

  8. Rika Susan says:

    Hi Pankaj. Helpful post on removing URL’s.

    Since the so-called Penguin update, Google lists the wrong and unrelated URL’s from my website for my keywords.

    Google somehow also indexes non-existent URL’s. For example, Google combines some of my URL’s to list a page that I don’t have on my site. I have no idea why this is or what to do about it. Should I at least request removal of these non-existent URL’s using the process you describe here? My website it http://www.best-juicing.com

  9. Kushal Azza says:

    Thank you for the post. I have successfully added my removed page in the webmaster tools. Hope it will be quickly removed.

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