I work as a customer support specialist for a large site (millions of pages). Every day, we receive approximately 1000 removal requests from users and businesses. We remove listings from our site, then we submit removal requests to Google to remove information from Google's cache.
Now, we are facing two issues with the Google Search Console.
- Google has a daily quota on the number of requests you're allowed to submit. We (and our users) are allowed to submit 1000 or fewer requests (combined) per day. Sometimes, we'd like to submit 1100-1200 requests.
- I think the Google Search Console (GSC) has a memory leak. We've submitted 30k+ requests so far this year. GSC loads the history of ALL requests into a browser's DOM. As a result, the GSC quickly consumes 1.5-2 Gigs of RAM after 5-10 new requests. Every day I see a situation when a browser consumes 20-30 Gigs of RAM. It quickly becomes unresponsive (I work on MacBook Pro 16-inch, 2019).
What we have tried:
- We tried to use different browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Vivaldi, Brave. This did not help us.
- We tried to give the administrator's role to a new Google account. No luck. All 30,000 requests are listed under the new account as well.
- We tried to use sitemaps. Removed pages return the 410 error code. We started to add removed links into a special sitemap. When we add a new page, we ping Google to notify them — the sitemap has been updated. Unfortunately, it does not help. Google keeps the removed pages in cache for several weeks.
- We tried to remove 30,000 DOM elements. It did not help us. Google loads those elements through JS script.
What would you do if you were in my place? What is the best way to remove 100s of pages from Google's Cache daily? Is it possible to 'reset' the history?