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Will Url removal in Webmaster Tools affect my rankings?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by teris3, Apr 25, 2013.

  1. teris3

    teris3 Regular Member

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    I am about to use the Url Removal tool in Webmaster Tools to hide some sub-pages from Google Search results.
    These urls although popular have some sensitive info that I dont want to share anymore.
    Is it possible that I will notice a drop in my rankings after this action?
     
  2. innozemec

    innozemec Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    it will drop the rankings for those exact pages, i don't think it will hurt your main domain rankings or the rankings of the other inner pages on the domain..
     
  3. pavan

    pavan Elite Member

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    it may affect your ranking because inner pages link to the main domain
    and as you said they are already ranking so its a bad idea to remove the page
    rather you can simply hide the sensitive information or create a new page for that and link it from the old page
    and disallow google from crawling your newly created page (with sensitive information) using robots.txt
     
  4. innozemec

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    it is not always correct that inner pages link to the main page :)
     
  5. pavan

    pavan Elite Member

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    most of the time :p specially when you are using wordpress
    its a very common practice to link to your homepage
     
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