How to: Remove old content from Google searches

If information was deleted from a webpage, but still shows in Google Search results for your domain, you can ask Google to update or remove the page!

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How to remove outdated content

Remove a page from search results that was already deleted from your domain

1. Go to Google's Remove outdated content page.

2. In the "Enter URL of outdated content" box, paste the URL of the page. (Learn how to find the URL of the page)

3. Click Request removal.

4. If you see the message "This content is gone," click Request removal.

Note: If you see the message "The page is still live on the web" but the page has already been removed, click Submit feedback and we’ll look into the issue.

Remove an outdated page description or cache

Follow the instructions below if the short description of the page in search results (the snippet) or the cached version of the page is out of date.

1. Go to the Remove outdated content page.

2. In the "Enter URL of outdated content" box, paste the URL of the page. (Learn how to find the URL of the page)

3. Click Request removal.

4. If you see “Has the site owner updated or removed the content,” select Yes.

5. Select The snippet and cache are outdated.

6. Explain exactly what is outdated about the snippet or page. In this box, enter in a word that is on the old version of the page from Google’s search results that is not on the current version of the page. For example, the cached page might show your name, which isn’t in the new version. In this case, don’t write "my name has been removed," but instead type your name as it appears in the cached version.

7. Click Request Removal.

Check the status of your removal request

After you submit your request to Google, you’ll see it listed on the Remove outdated content page. You can go back to that page to check the status of your request.

Have more questions? Submit a request

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