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Remove the cached version of a page from Google search results

Needed to remove all traces of a recent post, per a request from one of the subjects mentioned in the post. I got to learn all about removing the remnants of a post that still show up in Google’s search results, even thought the post itself has been deleted from this site. It’s cool to know how to do this.

Google’s instructions to Remove the cached version of a page:

When you update a page on your site, Google will update our index (including our cached version) when we next crawl it. Until then, our cache may still contain the original content, and that content may appear in search results. You can request removal of the cached version (this will also remove the page snippet). For example, say you have a page that lists your office address. When you move, you’ll want to make sure that the out-of-date cached version listing your old address is no longer visible in Google.

To request removal of the cached version of a page:

  1. On the Webmaster Tools home page, click the site you want.
  2. On the Dashboard, click Site configuration on the left-hand menu.
  3. Click Crawler access, and then click Remove URL.
  4. Click New removal request.
  5. Type the URL of the page you want removed, and then click Continue. The URL is case-sensitive—use exactly the same characters and capitalization that the site uses. How to find the right URL.
  6. Select Remove cached version of this page.

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One Response to Remove the cached version of a page from Google search results

  1. Guest January 9, 2013 at 7:28 am #

    What if you want to remove the cached version of a WordPress site’s home page? In this case the page URL is the same as the site’s URL.

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