Tuesday, August 29, 2017

How To Remove Your Blog and Posts from Google Search Index

Removing your blog and it posts from Google Search engine or any other search engines might occur if you want to move your blog your to a new one (blog). This will help avoid copyrighted materials in your new blog after you have backup contents from the old blog and imported to the new blog for continuation because deleting the blog will not prevent you from having duplicate contents on your new blog.

De-inducing your blog and it posts from Google Search Index depicts that your blog url and it posts won't display on Google anymore. You can do this via google webmaster tool (if you have added and verify your blog in Google webmaster tools) and you can also do this by adding the NOINDEX TAG inside your blog. This was what i did to my former blog url before moving and redirecting posts also. 

How To? 

The how to guide will guide you on how you can remove your blog posts from google index and search listings. 

1. Blogger Basic Settings 

In your blogger basic settings, you can choose or tell whether google should list your blog I'm it search listings. If you have enabled yes, you have to disble it. This is the first thing you should do before going into other method of de-indexing blog and it posts from Google Search. To do this,

==> Go to your blogger dashboard
==> From the left menu, click "Settings" >> "Basic"
==> Behind "Privacy" there is a message that says "Listed on Blogger. Visible to search engines." 
==> Click the edit link and choose no in both options and

==> Finally, click "save changes"

2 Add a "noindex" metatag and/or a "nofollow" metatag.

If you want google to easily de-indexing an entire webpage, and/or de-indexing the links on an entire webpage. Using a metatag to prevent a page from appearing in SERPs -- and/or the links on a page is both easy and effective.

This requires only a small of technical knowledge in fact, it's really just a copy/paste job if you’re using the right content management system.

The tags that let you do these things are called "noindex" and "nofollow." Before I get into how to add these tags, let's take a moment to define and distinguish between the two. They are, after all, two completely different directives -- and they can be used either on their own, or alongside one another.

What's a "noindex" tag?

Adding a "noindex" metatag to a webpage or blog, it tells a search engine that to can crawl the page, but should not add the page into its search index.

So any page with the "noindex" tag on it will not go into the search engine's search index, and can therefore not be shown in search engine results pages.

What's a "nofollow" tag?

Adding a "nofollow" metatag to a webpage or blog, it stops search engines from crawling the links on that page. This also means that any ranking authority the page has on SERPs will not be passed on to pages it links to.

Therefore any page with a "nofollow" tag on it will have all its links ignored by Google and other search engines.

When would you use "noindex" and "nofollow" separately vs. together?

Like I said before, you can put add a "noindex" directive either on its own, or together with a "nofollow" directive. You can also add a "nofollow" directive on its own, too.

Add only a "noindex" tag: when you don't want a search engine to index your web page in search, but you do want it to follow the links on that page -- thereby giving ranking authority to the other pages your page links to.

Paid landing pages are a great example of this. You don't want search engines to index landing pages in search that people are supposed to pay to see, but you might want the pages it links to benefit from its authority.

Add only a "nofollow" tag: when you do want a search engine to index your web page in search, but you don't want it to follow the links on that page.

There aren't too many examples of when you'd add a "nofollow" tag to a whole page without also adding a "noindex" tag. When you're figuring out what to do on a given page, it's more a question of whether to add your "noindex" tag with or without a "nofollow" tag.

Add both a "noindex" and "nofollow" tag: when you don't want search engines to index a webpage in search, and you don't want it to follow the links on that page.

Thank-you pages are a great example of this type of situation. You don't want search engines to index your thank-you page, nor do you want them to follow the link to your offer and start indexing the content of that offer, either.

How to Add a "noindex" and/or a "nofollow" metatag

==> Log in into your blogger dashboard on WordPress admin cpanel
==> Click "Theme" >> "Edit HTML"
==> Make the html page load completely. Then tap anywhere in the html code area and click CTRL + F (for Mac PC use Cmd + f)
==> Copy one of the following tags.

For "noindex":

<META NAME="robots" CONTENT="noindex">

For "nofollow":

<META NAME="robots" CONTENT="nofollow">

For both "noindex" and "nofollow":

<META NAME="robots" CONTENT="noindex,nofollow">

==> Paste any of these meta tags right below the <head> section of your webpage or blog.
==> Save your theme.

This should start working after 48 hours. Your posts should be disappearing from Google by now.

3. Google Webmasters Tools : Remove URLs 

The Google webmaster remove URLs tools can also help you de-index your blog and it posts especially blog url from Google cache. This can only be done if you have added and verify your blog on Google webmasters tools. To do this, 

==> Sign in to your Google Webmasters Tools Dashboard 
==> Click the URL you want to de-index
==> Click Google Index >> Remove URL

==> click temporarily hide and click on continue next to the box provided

==> The next page, you will be prompted to submit request of removing your blog from Google. Click "Submit Request"

Your request will be submitted immediately and it takes just 2 days to show effect and takes a total count of 90 days (2 months to work fully). This was the tricks I used in my former blog so as to avoid duplicate contents or copyrighted materials on this blog. 

I hope this helps. 


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