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I have a website example.com, just a landing page with a <meta name="robots" content="index,follow"/> and linked to Google Search Console. It's appearing in searches.

I have another website called example.com/blog, installed with Wordpress, that wasn't linked to Google Search Console and is also appearing in searches.

For some reason I would like example.com to be gone from searches temporarily, but not example.com/blog with all its content. How should I do that?

I have Google Search Console attached but if I remove example.com URL from the URL removal tool, all the data from example.com/blog will also disappear from searches?

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    why not change the landing page meta to "noindex, follow" ? – Prasad Ajinkya Jan 25 at 12:39
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The URL removal tool cannot be used to remove the home page and spare subpages at the same time.

On subfolders, the URL removal tool provides a choice to remove only the given URL or all URLs that begin with the given string:

URL removal tool choices for a subfolder

For the home page, there is no choice given but to remove the whole domain.

The safe solution would be a "noindex" on the home page, since it would permit further crawling and indexing on all other pages on the domain, with little side effects. If the search performance of you blog is a concern, I would not recommend it as a permanent setup though.

  • Thank you very much for the answer. Haven't done your recommendation because of the search performance that this may cause to my website. – spaceman Jan 29 at 17:12

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