If you are managing your own website, then you understand that changes have to be continuously made for a numerous amount of reasons, such as:
- Updating old content
- Taking down services that are no longer available
- Revamping the build of the web page
No matter what the reason is for taking down a page, this process leaves a lot of people stumped on how to go through this process.
Remove Your Page from Google’s Index
If you have a couple of pages to remove the best tool for you to use is the URL, Remove Tool. This tool is perfect for quick adjustments & lets you remove URLs manually. However, if you have hundreds of thousands of pages to remove you will not want to go through each page individually & remove the URLs. A new way to remove URLs is to create a temporary sitemap. To do this just follow the steps:
- Either set pages to 404 or no index
- Then upload the 404 to the sitemap; this will help give Google more of a head start
Once all pages are rendered under 404 errors, Google bots will be able to crawl all pages quickly & efficiently. This, however, is only a temporary fix; this means you should not be using this method for more than a couple of weeks or at max, a month. This is still one of the best ways to crawl & delete the most pages from your site.
Why is This Important?
When you have web pages with outdated information or misleading information you will want to get that off of your site as fast as possible. You do not want to risk having this information on your site because it could destroy your SEO or tank your rankings on the SERPS.
Monitor Your Pages
If you have a business that is not seasonal, then odds are you are not checking your site’s pages for updates frequently because services may change. However, if you do minor check-ups on specific service pages a month, you will find out that all pages could always use some work. This can be just adding a call to action on the bottom of a service page or adding in more keywords to boost your SEO score on that specific page. Whatever it may be, having another pair of eyes on your site’s pages or reviewing them can go a long way. We hope this information will help you create a better, faster webpage!