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Sunday, 24 March 2013

Google is Displaying my Deleted Blog !

Often times we see a plaintive cry for help, in the Blogger Forum:

'I deleted my blog a while back, and it's still showing my personal details on the web. Please help.'

Well, that's a nice way of putting it. Most are embittered ravings. People who think it's Bloggers fault that the information is still public. If you are going to delete a blog, make sure you delete any personal information first, and any posts you don't want anymore - unless you need it for other blogs you are keeping. It's your responsibility! Don't forget, the helpers are just bloggers, like you and me, who like to help. That's why they're called 'Helpers'.

So, what can you do? Notice, I said 'you'. When you post something, Google will update their index (including a cached version) when they next crawl your blog. And what causes the robot to crawl your blog? Generally, it's posting. But until it does, the cached copy stays 'online' and can be viewed when searching. Google now let's you request the removal of that information, from the web.

To request removal of the cached version of a page:

  • On the Webmaster Tools home page, click the site you want removed.
  • On the left-hand menu, click Optimization and then click Remove URLs.
  • Click New removal request.
  • 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.
  • Select Remove cached version of this page.

Good luck !


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