Google says one can use the following method to remove a page from the search results: by putting -http://www.example.com/outdated.html into the sitemap. But what if the site does not exist anymore.

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    Where did you hear that you can put a minus sign in front of a in the sitemap to remove it from Google's index? I've never heard that before and I can't find any references for it. Dec 19, 2014 at 11:31

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Yes that link have nothing to see. But you can use following if you want to remove page from google search :

Remove page URL from google


If the site doesn't exist anymore, you won't be able to host the sitemap file and share it with Google.

The site and all its pages will automatically get de-indexed in some time.

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