Did you hear? There is a new Google Search Console tool.
Google announced the launch of a new removals tool within GSC.
📣 We’re launching a new version of the Removals report in Search Console to help webmasters temporarily hide pages from Google Search results. Read more at https://t.co/RiMKhvo7uX pic.twitter.com/ygqWsqP1dK
— Google Webmasters (@googlewmc) January 28, 2020
The new Google Search Console tool does three things:
1) allows users to temporarily hide URLs from showing in Google search.
2) shows which content is not in Google because it is “outdated”.
3) shows which URLs were filtered by the SafeSearch adult filter.
Temporarily remove URLs. This feature was in the old Search Console but has been made more prominent in the new version. Temporarily removals do not actually delete your URL from Google’s index. Instead, the URL is just hidden from showing up in the search results for about six months. Be advised that you’ll still need to permanently block the URL in the future – such as using a 404, robots.txt or another method to block the URL.
Users will have two types of removal available –
a) temporary remove URL will hide the URL from Google Search results for about six months and clear the cached copy of the page; and
b) clear cache URL which clears the cached page and wipes out the page description snippet in search results until the page is crawled again.
Outdated content. The outdated content section provides information on removal requests made through the public Remove Outdated Content tool, which can be used by anyone to update search results showing information that is no longer present on a page. You can see a history of all requests to update or remove outdated search results for your site.
SafeSearch filtering. This section shows users what content was reported as adult. Google users can report specific URLs as adult-only to Google using the SafeSearch suggestion tool.