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Google search still points at our website for business that was sold

Google search still points at our website for business that was sold

Google search still points at our website for business that was sold

(OP)
We had a security systems company and sold it. When you google security systems our website still pops up. We have nothing on our site about security systems for the past 3 years. Any way we can change that?

Thanks,

RE: Google search still points at our website for business that was sold

Can we see the URL?

Cheers,
Dian

RE: Google search still points at our website for business that was sold

Have you used Googles Webmaster tools?
If not, sign up and follow the instructions. Also make sure you indexs are correct and have valid markers.
www.google.com/webmasters/tools

Robert Wilensky:
We've all heard that a million monkeys banging on a million typewriters will eventually reproduce the entire works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true.

http://alvechurchlounge.org.uk

RE: Google search still points at our website for business that was sold

Make the URLs that you do not have any longer return a 404 response, but if there are links that point to your URLs that have anchor text with those specific words it's going to take a long while.

Chris.

Indifference will be the downfall of mankind, but who cares?
Time flies like an arrow, however, fruit flies like a banana.
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RE: Google search still points at our website for business that was sold

I'd return a 301 response rather than a 404 as that would make you look like you have site issue, then send to a generic landing page.

Robert Wilensky:
We've all heard that a million monkeys banging on a million typewriters will eventually reproduce the entire works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true.

http://alvechurchlounge.org.uk

RE: Google search still points at our website for business that was sold

Why a permanent redirect is the business that WAS linked to is no longer there?

Firstly; A Not Found (404 response) IS the correct response code and DOES NOT suggest 'site problems'. There are ABSOLUTELY NO 'negative' effects from a URL no longer being available.

Secondly; A 301 response would maintain the 'link' that Google has between the anchor text and the URL it points to on the current site. ONLY a 404 or a 410 response is going to remove that connection eventually.

Chris.

Indifference will be the downfall of mankind, but who cares?
Time flies like an arrow, however, fruit flies like a banana.
Webmaster Forum

RE: Google search still points at our website for business that was sold

Good point Chris, I was just thinking that at least a 3xx error would hopefully make the browser redirect, but I guess that not what they ultimately want.

Robert Wilensky:
We've all heard that a million monkeys banging on a million typewriters will eventually reproduce the entire works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true.

http://alvechurchlounge.org.uk

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