How can I get Google to remove my deleted file (page or image) from their cache?
The URL Removal Tool
If you have deleted a web page or an image and it has been removed from the server and, the URL returns a 404 page not found error, then you can request Google to remove the page from their indexed cache. Remember the URL of the page to be removed must return a 404 error otherwise this tool will not work.
Use the URL removal tool to request that information be removed from Google Web Search and Image Search results. You can use this tool to request the following types of removals:
- Remove outdated or missing webpages.
- Remove information or images.
- Report inappropriate content appearing in SafeSearch filtered results.
Google will investigate and provide an update on the status of your request as soon as possible. Removals that are processed through this tool are excluded from Google search results for six months.
Important note: The URL removal tool is intended for pages that urgently need to be removed—for example, if they contain confidential data that was accidentally exposed. Using the tool for other purposes may cause problems for your site. When NOT to use the URL removal tool
- If you own the site, you can request removal of the problematic page from Google’s search results using the URL removal tool in Webmaster Tools. If you don’t own the site, your first step is to contact the site’s webmaster and request that the content is removed.
- Locate the URL of the page you’d be like to be removed from Google’s search results.
- Verify that the URL returns a 404 – not found error message.
- If you don’t already have one, then set up a Google account and a Webmaster Tools account.
- Sign into your Google account and go to this URL and follow the instructions – Removing my own content from Google. See also How do I use the webpage removal request tool?
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