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Googles Index of my pages contains mistakes

info209
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Googles Index of my pages contains mistakes

How can I correct googles index of the pages of my site?

Due to errors when starting the site, for example using old categories no longer used , not removing the WP "sample page" and other things like feeds, all removed now from the site, but when doing a search "site:sitename.com" still brings up these useless pages. Listening to a recent webinar by Andrew Hanson , these old pages may be preventing better ranking of my site.
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matty
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You can update these via Google Webmaster Tools.

You need to "get the page as google", then "submit it to index".

That should fix it all up, if the URL no longer exists, there is also a tool to remove the url from the index.
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qaymeias
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Google ranks pages based on quality and updated content. Using those same old pages could drag down ranking.
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info209
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Hi and thanks for your time responding

I used googles tool for removing URLs from the index on March 2nd , but they are still there !! A quick check with site:sitename.com shows the sample page is still there and the category I deleted on my site is still there. Does it take a while for Google to delete them? All these useless URLs are causing 404 errors which can't be good...
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qaymeias
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Then you need to alert google about this. The last thing you want is your page ranking continuing to slide.
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aletta
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I don't really think this is something you need to be worried about. It probably takes a while for Google to update, and if nobody is coming to your site through those search results... it's not a big deal.

I'm not sure what Andrew Hanson said in his webinar or what facts he had to back it up, but I really doubt that any of this has any impact on your site. It has a bigger impact by distracting you from the things you need to be doing.

If you are getting visitors to those dead pages, set up 301 redirects to send those visitors to the right place on your site. You can get plugins for WordPress that will let you do it.

Other than that... just forget about it for a couple of months. Google can be a slow beast sometimes, particularly when sites are new.
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bill.southard
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I've notices that when I know Google has spidered through my site the changes normally take about 10 to 14 days to start showing up. Give it a little time.
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ecommerce-services
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I guess if you generate a new xml sitemap and re-submit it to google webmasters tool....it should help...
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info209
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Thanks Johnketu, I did have a look at my WP files, using Filezilla FTP, the xml sitemap has all the right pages in it
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info209
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Finally the unwanted pages are gone !
I noticed a big increase in sales, same day as I rechecked for these pages, but of course work on the site is continuous and ongoing, so I really can't say that those changes are responsible for my good fortune, it may be careful link building or my new articles on the site. At least I know I can clear out my unwanted stuff from Googles index, using their webmaster tools now.

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matty
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Congrats on getting it all fixed up. I've found some small changes can make huge differences. I've moved myself from first page to 60th page (IIRC) in a number of hours, and back again just as fast.

Re-indexing isn't fun though.

I found a new one though, 900+ 404's suddenly appeared in my webmaster tools, all for pages that never existed on my site... ever? Will be fishing those logs for niches.
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I found a new one though, 900+ 404's suddenly appeared in my webmaster tools, all for pages that never existed on my site... ever? Will be fishing those logs for niches.

What are the referring pages for those? A 404 happens when a link is pointing to the wrong place, or when someone is manually trying to type a URL into the address bar and gets it wrong. You've either got someone really determined that you've got hidden content on your site that they can't navigate to normally, or you've got seriously busted links somewhere very popular, or you're being hit by spam bots.
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