So, I deleted an article I'd written on another site and want to move it over here to HP. First, how long do I have to wait before it's deindexed? Second, what's the best way to find out if it's deindexed? I've been just searching for it on Google, Bing and Yahoo and still finding it there. Don't know if that's the best way to check. Also, is it a good idea to move it over here? Or should I just start over, write a whole new article on the subject?
I unpublish a hub and then go to Webmaster Tools and have the URL removed which deindexes it in searches as well as cache. This normally takes place in 24 hours or less.
If the you have the site you deleted from on Webmaster tools, you can do the same.
Even if your article is already deindexed in Google, it can still be found as cache in some other search engines. So, to be 100 % sure, some additional time can be only beneficial.
Thanks, Tolovaj, that totally makes sense. I'm thinking I should give it at least a month.
To remove the cache of your article on another website, do this:
http://support.google.com/bin/static.py … page=ts.cs
(Click inside the circle which says 'Web Search', then scroll down the page and click inside the circle which says 'A piece of content I am concerned about has already been removed by the webmaster but still appears among the search results.' Then, click on the link 'this tool.' You'll then be asked to sign in and then to enter the page URL and, if the page is still live, a word from the outdated cache page that you want to remove.
To remove the cache of your article on Bing/Yahoo, do this:
http://www.bing.com/webmaster/help/bing … l-cb6c294d
It can take 24 – 48 hours for the removal process.
In my case my traffic from other search engines as been so minimal I never worry about them. If I run a plagiarizer test after a Google deindex, nothing ever comes up or even in Copyscape does anything but the recent publication show up.
I've heard that deindexing doesn't take very long (like about 2 weeks). But I don't know if that's true. Has something to do with whenever the robot crawls. I've also heard that you could contact Google, Bing, etc. directly and request that a URL be removed. Never done that either. But they indicate that you shouldn't expect to submit the request for removal and then like magic your link will disappear in an instant. Sometimes you see your stuff in a search result and click on it but it's no there. So my rule is - if I click and the message says it's not here - Well if it ain't there, let me go put it somewhere!
Thanks, mistyhorizon. Good to see you. It was an article on a site I don't own. Another rev-share site. No subdomain. I think I can't use Webmaster tools to deindex a link unless it's my site or subdomain (as with HP). I'm pretty sure I have no choice but to wait for it to deindex. But I was concerned because someone else on another forum said he/she had deleted their article and didn't see it in the search engine, but was still having a duplicate content issue. I was wondering if there's any way to tell if that link is totally deindexed.
Try it NateB, I am not sure if it will work, but as they don't seem to ask you to verify you are the site owner it may still work. I confess I have only used it when moving stuff from this site to another site so am not sure if it will work or not on a third party site. Your friend might have had her article copied before she unpublished it, therefore the copy would now generate a duplicate content warning if she tried to put the same article elsewhere, and the copy would show the earlier publish date so would be seen as the original unfortunately.
Thanks, mistyhorizon. I'll give it a try. It can't hurt. I think you're right about that duplicate content thing, probably her work was copied elsewhere; that's always one of the dangers of moving content. Fortunately this piece that I want to move is fairly new and hasn't had very much attention/traffic.
Thanks for the link. I'll try it. Next time! I don't really get enough traffic to be experiencing any major headaches. Wish I did have that problem.
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