Find and remove the Not Found URLs from Google Search Index to improve search rankings

If you are writing good articles but yet not getting the right traffic or if suddenly if you find that your traffic has started to drop gradually, then you might be facing some serious SEO problems and maybe the search engines are penalizing you.

If Google finds too many 404 pages or URLs of Not Found pages, then it might affect your search rankings. So, you have to take care of some SEO of your blog by your own. This is not very tough as you think. You can do it, if you have your webmaster account in Google. Follow this tutorial to learn how to do it. Click on the images to see them in full size.

How to find the Not Found URLs and remove them from Google Search Index using Google Webmaster Tools..

Step 1: Just Login to your webmaster account, then go to your desired URL’s dashboard.

Step 2: From there go to Diagnostics and click on Crawl errors. There in the Web tab, you will find the “Not Found” links indexed on Google Search index. Just open this in your first tab of your browser.

Step 3: At the same time Click on Site configuration and open it in new tab (this will be very easy – just copy paste the URLs).

Step 4: After the step 3, click on Crawler access and click on the Remove URL (last tab). Now, you will find a New removal request button.

Step 5: Now, click on the New removal request button and copy the URL one by one (which I mentioned in the Step 2) from the first tab and paste it here in this tab (New removal request)

Step 6: Now you will get another confirmation page and then just click on Submit request button. Voila! Your request has taken and it will take approximately 24 hours to remove from Google search index.



It will show as pending request until it removed from index. Now, repeat the step 5 and Step 6 until you have removed all the “Not found” URLs from the index. Make sure that all the URLs are removed. Keep on visiting this Google Webmaster page once in a week to keep your search index clean.

I hope this tips will help you to gain your previous position in the search index and helped you to overcome your search index problems.

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  1. Hi there!
    I have found your post about the subject and I wonder how much time is
    needed that Google remove non found URL.
    I did it yesterday, had a 61 non found URL and removed it all.
    Now, the status is “Removed” but in Diagnostics crawl errors tab it
    shows 61 non found URL again.
    So, I’M not sure if those URL’s are removed or not.
    Thank you!

    1. @Bernaerdinho, You have completed the process correctly. The URLs in Diagnostics crawl errors tab will remains for few days and it will be automatically removed by Google webmasters. Note down the date of last found 404 URL. Keep on removing the latest found URLs. All the best.

  2. Great post. I was wondering for ages how to remove all that 404 list I had lying around in my Google webmaster tool. I allways assumed that google will do it by itself. As he gets my sitemap and crawls my site regularly. Your post really helpeded me and I removed all those errors. I am just confused about 1 out of 32 that i left. Its a 404 error to a page that exists and its included in my sitemap and is of a good quality. If you dont mind please take a look its in Slovene but I am sure that this shoudnt be a 404 error: Tnx

  3. Thanks Anand Sir,
    Removing unreachable URLs also a very good thing and “Not followed” links are those, which were given attribution of rel=”nofollow” to the link pointing inside your site. Just copy paste those URLs and see, whether the links are follow or not follow. My next post about the dofollow and nofollow will be posted soon.

  4. Thanks for the tip. I see 110 Not found URLs for TWC. Can you tell me what are Not followed and Unreachable URLs? I have 2 and 9 of these for

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