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?

  • 1
    why not change the landing page meta to "noindex, follow" ? Commented Jan 25, 2019 at 12:39

1 Answer 1


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
    Commented Jan 29, 2019 at 17:12

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.