A Google search of my site shows sitelinks (ie. links below the main link in the search result) that point to pages that no longer exist.
I have checked to ensure these pages have been deleted on my WordPress site.
Using the Google Webmaster Tools, I could only temporarily hide these site links from showing in the search results. However, a few days later they would re-appear when the hiding request expires.
I would like to know:
Why Google (and Bing) continue to show these URL links when the pages no longer exist? I assume these links are being referenced on other sites
How I can tell Google that these links no longer need to be show in the search result?