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I have a couple of subdomains on my website that I use for various purposes and I don't want/need them to be indexed by search engines. From the very beginning, since I created them, I added a robots.txt file to disallow search engines from crawling those pages.

Now, I know that this does not enforce anything, it's just a "guideline" for search engines. But in respect to Google, they have lots of help documents suggesting the use of robots.txt, so I believe they respect that file.

Anyway, one of those sub domains is still indexed and I can't understand why. Like I said, this has been created with the disallow rules in robots.txt since the very beginning that sub domain went life and it's been running like this for 2 years or so. Still, I just noticed this:

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How can I permanently get rid of this indexed result on Google? For the record, Bing and Yahoo! don't have a result for the same query...

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migrated from serverfault.com Nov 1 '11 at 3:18

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Google has a removal tool that may work for you, here's an overview page from their sea of help pages:


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What really bothers me is that those pages should have never been indexed. Bing and Yahoo don't index the, why does Google? Forcing me to remove them manually... – Ricardo Amaral Nov 1 '11 at 12:16

Remove the site and the index will go away shortly. There is no reliable way to have a site operate but not be indexed.

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I can't remove the site, I need it online... – Ricardo Amaral Nov 1 '11 at 12:05

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