What type of removal request should I submit ?

One of the biggest cause of failed removal requests is submitting the wrong type of request. Before you proceed, understand the difference between the options offered by the removal tool so that your request has more chance of success the first time.

The main request types are page removals and cache removals. (Other requests types are directory removals, site removals and safe search removals)

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Url removal flowchart
URL removal flowchart

Cache removals

Cache removals only remove the snippet shown under the title and the cached page which can be seen if you click on the ‘cache’ link in the search result. This does not removal or stop the entry from appearing in search results, it will appear anyway, but minus the search snippet and the cache.

Page removals

This will remove the whole page from appearing. This is always the better option.

Before you submit a request
Check to see whether you are requesting the correct option. If the page has been blocked in a way suitable to Google then you should request a page removal.

If the page is not eligible for removal then submit a cache removal. Whilst this does not remove the page, it can reduce the visibility in search results until it is naturally recrawled.