Skip to main content

Removing Your Blog From The Search Engines Cache

When you were young, did you ever play with a dandelion?

I have - they are (in some places) easy to find, and free fun to be had (don't let your parents see you though). Did you ever blow on one, watch the pieces fly thru the air, then run around and try to pick the pieces up? That's your blog, all over the net.

The only way to kill dandelions is while they are young, yellow, and solid.

When dandelions get old, white, and airy, just touching one will make it blow into pieces. The pieces go everywhere, and next year, you'll have more dandelions everywhere. That's when your parents will have to deal with the problem.

Some search engines take feeds from, and provide feeds to, other search engines.

If your blog is indexed in Google, MSN, and / or Yahoo this month, next week it will be indexed elsewhere. You can request Google to remove your blog (website) from their indexing; removing it from Google won't get it removed everywhere, though. This will be more effective if you first use Google Webmaster Tools, Tools - "Generate robots.txt", and select "Block all robots".

This is one process in deleting your blog, but it's not the easiest process to execute.

If you truly want to remove a blog from existence, you have to replace it with a stub blog, and then leave the blog alone.

  • Delete all of the posts in the blog.
  • Delete any personal information in the profile.
  • Add a stub post.
  • Leave the URL in place.


The major search engines have provided tools to manage cached content, too. Both Google (with Google Webmaster Tools) and Yahoo (with Yahoo Site Explorer) let you explicitly change settings and affect search engine caches, for the blogs / web sites for which you can prove ownership.

When a search engine spider goes looking for your blog, to update its cache, and gets a "404 - Not Found" error, it makes sure that what's in cache stays in cache. Search engines keep cached copies of everything that they index, intentionally. Look at any search hit list - each item in the list will offer you the cached view, as well as the current view. So, if your blog isn't online, no problem. Just make sure that the cached copy is still there.

So if you delete the blog, and it never gets seen again, the search engine simply keeps the cache. If you replace the contents of the blog with a stub - an empty post - the search engine updates its cache with that post.

You can only kill dandelions by killing the roots (using chemicals). You can only kill cached blogs by killing the roots, too (using stub blogs).

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

What's The URL Of My Blog?

We see the plea for help, periodicallyI need the URL of my blog, so I can give it to my friends. Help!Who's buried in Grant's Tomb, after all?No Chuck, be polite.OK, OK. The title of this blog is "The Real Blogger Status", and the title of this post is "What's The URL Of My Blog?".

Leave Comments Here

Like any blogger, I appreciate polite comments, when they are relevant to the blog, and posted to the relevant article in the right blog. If you want to ask me a question thats relevant to blogging, but you can't find the right post to start with (I haven't written about everything blogger related, yet, nor the way things are going I don't expect to either), ask your questions here, or leave an entry in my guestbook.

As noted above, please note my commenting policy. If you post a comment to this post, I will probably treat it as a "Contact Me" post. If you have an issue that's relevant to any technical issue in the blog, please leave a comment on the specific post, not here. This post is for general comments, and for non posted contact to me.

If the form below does not work for you, check your third party cookies setting!

For actual technical issues, note that peer support in Blogger Help Forum: Something Is Broken, or Nitecruzr Dot Net - Blogging is, almos…

What Is "ghs.google.com" vs. "ghs.googlehosted.com"?

With Google Domains registered custom domains becoming more normal, we are seeing one odd attention to detail, expressed as confusion in Blogger Help Forum: Learn More About Blogger.My website uses "ghs.google.com" - am I supposed to use "ghs.googlehosted.com", instead?It's good to be attentive to detail, particularly with custom domain publishing. This is one detail that may not require immediate attention, however.