To ensure your directory or site is permanently removed from Google's search results, you should use robots.txt to block crawler access to the directory (or, if you’re removing a site, to your whole site). We recommend doing this before or soon after requesting removal of the directory. Otherwise, your content may later reappear in search results. (More information about blocking Google.) Returning a 404 HTTP status code isn't enough, because a directory can return a 404 status code, but still serve out the files it contains.
Once you've blocked crawler access to the directory, follow these steps to remove a site or directory from Google's search results:
- On the Webmaster Tools home page, click the site you want.
- On the left-hand menu, click Optimization and then click Remove URLs.
- Click New removal request.
- Type the URL of the directory you want removed from search results and then click Continue. (How to find the right URL.)
- The URL is case-sensitive—use exactly the same characters and capitalization that the site uses.
- If you want to remove the whole site, you can leave this blank.
- Click Remove directory.
- Click Submit Request.
Important! The URL removal tool is intended for pages that urgently need to be removed—for example, because they contain confidential data that was accidentally exposed. Using the tool for other purposes may cause problems for your site. When not to use the URL removal tool.