remove information from search results

Posted on 2011-10-07
Last Modified: 2013-11-18
How would you go about removing spam search results from Google or information that isn't correct
Question by:stargateatlantis
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    Without having more context, here are some ideas:

    If you are the site owner:
    If you are the site owner and registered with Google as the site owner -
    You will see an option under the Diagnostic tab called URL Removals.
    Follow that process to remove URLs that you own.

    Google explains in much more detail in this blog post -

    If you don't own the URLs and they have copyrighted information that you own, contact the website owner.  If it is a USA-based website, they have to comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), and should have language about the DMCA in their Terms of Use or Privacy Policy.
    Use their Contact Form on their website.

    If they don't respond or are uncontactable, find out if their ISP/hosting provider is in the USA.  You can then contact the ISP/Hosting provider and give them a DMCA takedown notice in a similar way that I described for the website owner.

    If they don't respond or aren't in the USA, then you should contact Bing/Google and file a DMCA complaint.  The Google DMCA complaint form URL is right below: (you will have to login to a Google account to view/submit)

    If you don't own the content, but -
    If the result is SPAM/scraped content, then submitting in Google's Webmaster Forum will alert Google about the SPAM/scraped/stolen content that you don't own.

    If you can give more details about the SPAM, I can give you a more detailed answer.

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    Is there any company out there that can do these services?
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    stargateatlantis - which specific services are you referring to?

    Google Webmaster, or the filing of DMCA complaints?

    Author Comment

    Just wondering if there is companies out there that can produce organic results to counter attack that content?
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    The SPAMers and scrapers are very efficient and clever because they have to be to stay one step ahead of Google.
    I would suggest that targeting additional organic results would not be an efficient way to counteract their attack.

    There are many SEO firms that would help you with the process that I describe in my first comment, but my take is that they would advise you to go after them in the ways that I originally described.  If you make it tough for the SPAMers/scrapers, they will move on and start to target other websites/content who doesn't fight back or work against them.

    I'm sure that SEO firms would do what you are asking if you hired them, but they would farm it out to an intern/new-hire because once you've done it once, it becomes an easy/repetitive task to email and fill out forms that after you have mastered the jargon will take a few minutes a week to email/file requests and follow-up with ISPs/Google/Bing, etc.

    Are you looking for specific SEO firm recommendations?

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