Google -- Webmaster Tools
Posted on 2011-10-21
I have a question about removing sites/web pages being picked up by search engines such as Google or Yahoo.
For a number of years, I had my website hosted by Verizon. Unfortunately, Verizon disallowed FTP capability to upload files to their server in August 2011. According to their customer service department, all customers were informed about the FTP access shutdown (prior to shutdown). Well, I never received such email (or maybe I missed it in my spam). [In such case, I would have removed all pages from their server completely.]
Either way, I'm now hosting my website with GoDaddy.com. Still, depending on search keywords, my site (with out-of-date content) comes up under the Verizon domain.
I spoke to their tech support (outsourced to India) SEVERAL times. I've asked to have the site under Verizon completely deleted. For some strange reason, they don't seem to understand the underlying problem; therefore, after 2 months now, the old site is still very much active.
Now, using the Google Webmasters' URL Removal Tool, I requested to have every page being removed/blocked. Afterwards, however, I noticed Google's requirements for removing/blocking content. It indicates the following:
"To remove a page or image, you must do one of the following:
Make sure the content is no longer live on the web. Requests for the page must return an HTTP - 404 (not found) or 410 status code.
- Block the content using a robots.txt file.
- Block the content using a meta noindex tag."
At this time, I'm running out of ideas to not have old pages show up in any search engine. Given that Verizon's tech support probably will not delete my site/pages from their server -- and Google probably will not approve my request to block sites -- is there any other option someone could recommend for NOT having my old (out-of-date) pages show up in a search engine?