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I have a site at abc.samplesite.example and I want to hide a link abc.samplesite.example/link from Google search results.

The console had me verify ownership at samplesite.example, when I enter the link I want to hide the console prepends samplesite.example to create a garbage link http://samplesite.example/http://abc.samplesite.example/link.

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In Google Search Console, have you added abc.samplesite.example (the subdomain) or have you only added samplesite.example? To adjust anything about the subdomain, you'll need to add the subdomain as its own property. Google Search Console will assume the page you are inputting to the Remove URL tool exists on the property domain (which is why you are seeing the pre-pend).

As well, if you are wanting to remove a URL from Google search results the better answer is to add a meta "noindex" tag (http://www.robotstxt.org/meta.html) to the page vs. using the Remove URLs tool in Google Search Console. The Remove URLs tool is temporary (https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/1663419?hl=en).

  • That was it! Thank you for your help note that I will also be adding noindex but need to remove the as soon as possible. Best ian – ijf8090 Mar 2 '16 at 17:06
  • Cool. What I'd do is add the subdomain to Google Search Console, use the remove tool to temporarily hide. Then, noindex the pages. That way you get the immediate for the remove URLs (or mostly immediate) and then the longer term noindex as well. – Matthew Edgar Mar 3 '16 at 1:10

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