Online Reputation Management Tip: How to Remove Unwanted Links
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Removing a negative or unwanted link from a search engine is not easy–in fact, its not possible if an article, link, image or video is legitimately published.
Generally, if its out there, it will be indexed by Google.
However, there are a few cases where a link, page or URL can be removed. For those instances where there is a bad link or 404 error (“Page not found”); or personal or copyrighted information, there is hope.
Also, if something is illegally published, such as your personal information or it violates copyright, try using the Google Public URL Removal Tool.
To request removal of an entire page:
1. Go to the Google public URL removal tool.
2. Click New Removal Request.
3. Type the URL of the webpage you want removed (not the Google search results URL or cached page URL). The URL is case-sensitive—use exactly the same characters and capitalization that the site uses. (How to find the right URL.)
4. Click Continue.
5. Click Remove this page.
Removal might take a few days or weeks but it can get taken down.
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