A new removals tool was recently launched for Google Search Console that does three things:

  1. Lets you temporarily hide URLs from showing in Google search
  2. Show you which content is not in Google because it is “outdated content”
  3. Shows you which of your URLs were filtered by Google’s SafeSearch adult filter.

In order to access the tool, go to Google Search Console, then the “Index” menu and then “Removals.” You can also go to https://search.google.com/search-console/removals to access the tool and then select a property.

Secondly, Google lets you temporarily remove URLs from showing in Google search quickly via Google Search Console. This form of removal doesn’t actually delete your URL from the Google index, but rather, it hides the URL for about six months from showing up in the search results. You’ll have to permanently block the URL in the future (using a 404, robots.txt or another method as an example).

Google gives you two types of removals:

  • Temporary remove URL will hide the URL from Google Search results for about six months and clear the cached copy of the page.
  • Clear cache URL clears the cached page and wipes out the page description snippet in Search results until the page is crawled again.

According to Google, the outdated content area provide users with information on removal requests made through the public Remove Outdated Content tool and can be used by anybody to update search results showing information that no longer is presented on a page. You can check out a history of each request to update or remove outdated Google Search results for your site that were made utilizing the Remove Outdated Content tool in the past 6 months.

The SafeSearch sections shows you which of your content was reported as adult content. Using the SafeSearch suggestion tool, Google users can report specific URLs as adult-only to Google. When URLs are submitted using this tools, they are reviewed. If Google feels that the content should be filtered from SafeSearch results, these URLs are tagged as adult content.

SafeSearch should help communicate to SEOs and webmasters which of their content was removed for being adult content.

SourceBarry Schwartz