Google: URL Settings tool is not designed to remove pages from a search.

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The other day, Google employee John Muller dispelled one of the misconceptions associated with the URL Parameters Tool in the Search Console. In particular, he explained that this tool is not designed to remove pages from search results.

A question on this topic was raised during the last video call for webmasters. One of the participants asked if the URL Parameters tool still works, which has not yet been transferred to the new version of the service. According to Muller, it is still effective.

Further, the webmaster said that he used this tool to remove the page from the search results. However, he did not notice the corresponding changes.

In response, Muller stated that the URL Settings tool was designed to improve the crawl of pages, and not to remove them.

In principle, SEO specialists can add special parameters so that URLs are no longer crawled, which ultimately results in these pages dropping out of search results. However, this will not happen instantly.

“The URL tool does not remove URLs from search results. In fact, it is intended to improve the URL scanning. Therefore, we cannot say: add this parameter here and all pages will immediately disappear from the search results. It works differently: over time, we will scan these URLs less often and eventually they will be dropped out, but this will not be an immediate change. ”

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