Need To Temporarily Block A Page From Google Search Results? This Search Console Tool Makes It Easy


By: Drew McManus

In: Web Tech

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Regardless the reason why you need to temporarily block a page from search results, there’s a handy tool inside Google Search Console made for that exact task.

Make sure You’re logged into your Search Console account before starting, then head to the Remove URLs tool admin panel at “Google Index > Remove URLs.”

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Select the “Temporarily hide” button. In the popup, enter the URL’s relative path; that would be everything after the domain extension (.com, .org, etc.). For example, the relative path for would be /checklist-for-getting-noticed/.

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Select the “Continue” button.

When the page reloads, make sure “Temporarily hide page from search results and remove from cache” is selected as the “Request type” then select the “Submit Request” button.

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According to Google, it can take up to 24 hours to process the quest and there are no guarantees the request will be accepted. You can visit the same admin panel for a status update and if it was denied, you should see a “learn more” link next to the notice.


  • The relative paths are case sensitive, i.e. /checklist-for-getting-noticed/ is not the same as /Checklist-For-Getting-Noticed/.
  • Don’t include anchor paths; i.e. anything with a # character in the URL.
  • If the URL has a page extension, such as .html, you’ll need to include it in the relative path.
  • If your request was accepted, the block will last for approximately 90 days. Submitting successive requests for the same URL is not recommended.
Drew McManus
Drew McManus
In addition to my consulting business, I'm also the Principal of Venture Industries Online but don’t let that title fool you into thinking I'm just a tech geek. I bring 20+ years of global broad-based arts consulting experience to the table to help clients break the cycle of choosing one-size-fits-none solutions and instead, deliver options allowing them to get ahead of the tech curve instead of trying to catch up by going slower. With the vision of legacy support strategy and the delights of creative insights, my mission is to deliver a sophisticated next generation technology designed especially for the field of performing arts. The first step in that journey began in 2010 when The Venture Platform was released, a purpose-designed managed website development solution designed especially for arts organizations and artists. For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, lead a team of intrepid arts pros to hack the arts, lead an arts business incubator, and love a good coffee drink.
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