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Domain change of ownership. Need all pages removed from index.

I have read that Google will wipe the site completely so I have a fresh start -- however it says I need to submit a Reconsideration Request which is no longer possible under the new Manual Action system. How can I go about requesting a full index wipe and re-crawl?  

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Hi Daryl
There is no manual mechanism to "reset" your site's indexing -- it happens automatically over time, as we recrawl and reindex the URLs. You don't have to do anything to make this happen.

If there are individual URLs that you wish to urgently remove, you can do that through the URL removal tools at https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/164734?hl=en (keep in mind that we will not show any content from those URLs, so if you wish to use the same URLs, this is not something you'd want to do). 

In general, I'd recommend just letting it catch up automatically, and continuing to work on your website in the meantime.

Mayer Balser
Mayer Balser
Well im not sure if this is the same question or not as my domain has remained the same. We used to run on .net now its magento. All URLs have changed comlpetely.  From aspx to html. I deleted the old sitemaps from WMT I put a new one in place but we still get traffic and can see our older aspx pages indexed all of which now bring you to a 404 type page.


The main domain points fine it even picked up the new title buut all those other links point to outdated pages that don't exist.

As in your previous response is it just a matter of time? Do I set a roboots file to exclude every sinvle of the 20K plus pages that are gone?

Thanks for any advice and help

Original Poster

Thanks for the reply John! 

My main concern is that the old site had several million pages, most of which are no longer there. Also, I believe there was quite a bit of duplicate content (due to the URL structure) that we may still be getting penalized for. 

I was hoping to take advantage of the "start from scratch" option (mentioned here: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/1269119) -- which it says is not a valid use for the URL removal tools. 

Is that no longer an option? That would help speed up the process and ensure we have a clean slate going forward.

I believe the site(www.rentalcompare.com) has much to offer people seeking rentals as there is no other site like it on the web.  We had the rental industry knowledge but not the technical skills so we created the right data organization but the wrong physical web page organization.  We recently took six months to strip and rebuild that, but now are penalized by the millions of pages of what Google perceived to be duplicate content.

Thank you for your help!


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