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Question about purposely de-indexing a site.

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by CubanCohibas, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. CubanCohibas

    CubanCohibas Registered Member

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    I want to de-index a site that no longer serves any use for a past client. I've adjusted my robots file accordingly and I got rid of all pages. So, when you go to the home page, you get the 403 Forbidden.

    Question: Will the robots file still be read and the site will be de-indexed? Or do I need to have an index page up and running for Google to crawl it and access the robots file?


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  2. subster

    subster Elite Member

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    Why dont you just redirect to the new site or take the site offline? Site will disappear from the serps after some time.
     
  3. CubanCohibas

    CubanCohibas Registered Member

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    There's no new site. Long story short, the site shows up number one for a former client's name, he no longer wants that site to show up under his name.

    How would I go about taking the site offline? (If it's not too much to ask)


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    subster Elite Member

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    Delete the content, make it showing a 404.
     
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