Sometimes you need to get multiple URLs out of the Google search results, either because you’re cleaning up old content, or perhaps you got hacked, or for whatever reason, you want them gone. Google Search Console lets you remove them, but only one at a time, which can take forever.
To be clear, this will *not* remove them from Google’s index – only from Google’s search results.
The URL removal tool does not remove URLs from the index, it removes them from our search results. The difference is subtle, but it’s a part of the reason why you don’t see those submissions affect the indexed URL count. Google’s John Muller can clarify the semantics.
How To: The Process
- Open Chrome
- Visit Github to download the Bulk URL Removal Chrome extension
- Visit Webmaster Tools > Google Index > Remove URLs
- Enable the Chrome Extension
- Refresh the Webmaster Tools “Remove URLs” page
- Select your choice from the dropdown
- Upload your list of URLs
Here’s a 2 minute video showing how to use the extension: