Google Webmasters Flaw Allows You To Remove Any URL From Their Index

by David Naylor
Bronco - Digital Marketing Agency

Sounds crazy? It’s Matt Cutts worst nightmare…

The story was reported by James Breckenridge on his blog (which is brand spanking new, I guess he wanted to get some link juice out of this)!!!!

Basically you access Webmasters Tools and use the following URL:

https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/removals-request?hl=en&siteUrl=http://{YOUR_URL}/&urlt={URL_TO_BLOCK}

So we thought we’d give it a try with Alex’s bingo site (http://bingoplayuk.com/) – Alex has kindly given me permission to do this.

Here’s the URL we’re going to use:

https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/removals-request?hl=en&siteUrl=http://www.bronco.co.uk/&urlt=http://bingoplayuk.com/

I have access to the www.bronco.co.uk domain, but not bingoplayuk.com – so if the removal is successful it means that I could remove any URL: Facebook.com, ebay.com, amazon.com – I’m guessing Google will get it fixed pretty sharpish if that were to happen!

And here is the screenshot of it indexed before:

After using the URL above I got sent to a confirmation page where it said “This will remove all instances of http://bingoplayuk.com/ from Google search results” and asked me to confirm my request:

I clicked submit and tried it again, it’s still there, but tomorrow we should be able to see if it is removed.

James has shown a couple of examples on his original blog post, which you can read here.

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