29 May '13, 12pm

Google Shares Insight Into Content Removal: 404s Confirmation & More

A Google Webmaster Help thread has some interesting details from Google's John Mueller about content removal from Google's index and/or search results. Some of these points you already know but every SEO and webmaster should understand these. Heck, some are even eye opening to me. Here are the raw points John made and then I'll share what I think is revealing: The URL removal tool is not meant to be used for normal site maintenance like this. This is part of the reason why we have a limit there. The URL removal tool does not remove URLs from the index, it removes them from our search results. The difference is subtle, but it's a part of the reason why you don't see those submissions affect the indexed URL count. The robots.txt file doesn't remove content from our index, but since we won't be able to recrawl it and see the content there, those URLs are generally not as visi...

Full article: http://www.seroundtable.com/google-content-removal-16851....

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