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A client asked me to make sure his old, nonexistent pages got removed from the Google search results.

I made sure all the old links returned a 404/410 error or have the noindex tag and then used the Removal Tool to temporarily block the URLs, hoping to keep them hidden until Google recrawls the site and removes the dead links permanently.

One page, however, continues to show up in the search results and I can't figure out why.

google results

Even more curious is the fact that when I use Google Search Console to inspect the URL, it tells me the "URL is not on Google".

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How is that possible if it's showing up in the search results? What can I try to remove this page from the search results?

  • By “search results”, do you mean a site: search or normal SERP? – MrWhite Feb 12 at 22:12
  • @MrWhite - I mean a site: search. – TheIronCheek Feb 12 at 22:13
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    Well, a site: search can often return pages that don't ordinarily appear in normal Google searches, so when GSC reports that the "URL is not on Google" under this scenario, it's not entirely incorrect. Presuambly, if you were to follow this link in the search results, you don't get a valid response, since the page has already been removed right? – MrWhite Feb 12 at 22:42
  • @MrWhite - Correct. It returns a 410 error. – TheIronCheek Feb 12 at 22:44
  • Is that what GSC is reporting as "Failed: Crawl anomaly"? – MrWhite Feb 12 at 22:46

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