How to Remove Negative Private Content from Internet Search Results



Maintaining a positive presence in search results of the major search engines is crucial to the success of professionals and companies in today’s data-driven economy. Offensive social media posts or profiles or unflattering information (such as criminal background check results, arrest records, etc.) that show up on search results for your name can adversely impact your professional career, dating life and relationships with friends and family.

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How to Remove Negative Content from Google Search Engine Results

Below you'll find a beginners guide to getting stuff removed from search engine results.  If you have questions or need assistance using the form above to get in touch with a company that specializes in removing harmful information from the internet.

Remove Outdated Content from Search Results

Option 1: Remove the Content Yourself, then De-Index the URL to get the negative link of Google Search Results

If you own the website on which the content you want removed is published, then removing it from Google Search is quite easy.  All you need to do is delete the content or webpage from your site.  Once you've done this you can use Google's Outdated Content Removal tool to notify Google that the content is no longer present and the link is dead.  Once Google has confirmed that the content in question is indeed gone, the link will typically disappear from search results within 72 hours, but could take as long as one month.

Note: This solution will only work to remove content from a website that you own.

Option 2: Use Copyright Laws to Remove Negative Content from Google Search

Copyright Infringement Remove Content from Google

Option 3: Use the EU Privacy Removal Form to Submit a Personal Information Removal Request

Remove Negative Content from Google with EU Privacy Removal

More Google Search Content Removal Resources

Below you will find some useful web resources that will educate you on how to go about having negative content and private information removed from Google Search.
  • Learn how to manage your privacy and settings on Google Search here.
  • Want to secure your online identity and keep your personal information private on the internet? You can do so here.
  • Get rid of offensive Autocomplete suggestions by reporting them to Google here
  • How to make legal requests to remove content from Google - Legal Removal Requests

    How to Remove Content from Yahoo Search Results

    Much like Google, if you've found negative content when searching your name on Yahoo and you're looking for ways to remove it from Yahoo search results, Yahoo recommends that you first make all efforts possible to get in touch with the admins of the website(s) where the undesirable content is published.   If you've succeeded in removing information from a website, but that information still appears on search engine results when you search your name on Yahoo, keep calm and remain patient. Unlike Google and Bing, Yahoo does not have a tool that allows the public to submit requests to update or remove outdated search results.  It can take up to 56 days for removal of information or changes to website content to be reflected on Yahoo search results.
    Yahoo Search Content Removal
    Here are a few resources from Yahoo on how to handle unwanted information showing up on Yahoo Search results and control your personal information on Yahoo Search and other Yahoo products.




    How to Remove Content from Bing Search Results

    Bing is a lot like Google both in terms of what content it will remove from search results, and in terms of the tools and resources offered.  As with Google Search, outdated information that's been removed or obscured on a website can be easily removed from Bing Search Results using a specific tool, in this case the Bing outdated content removal tool (see below)/ 

Can You Contact Google to Have Negative Search Results Removed?

posted Nov 6, 2018, 4:25 PM by Joe C   [ updated Dec 29, 2018, 4:25 PM ]

Thinking about submitting a legal request to Google to have reputation-damaging content removed from search results.  Checkout the video below before you do. It offers insight on what Google will and will not remove from its search results and why the search engine giant takes the stance that it does. 

YouTube Video: Can you ask Google to Remove Negative Content?


Contact a Website to Get Unwanted Information Removed & Off Search Results

posted Nov 6, 2015, 11:27 AM by Joe C   [ updated Apr 29, 2019, 1:50 PM ]

Having content removed from a website you do not own, typically requires that you reach out to the webmaster of the site, i.e. the person who owns the website or is responsible for managing it. Even if you found the content using Google Search, Google has no control over the web pages content.

Why Contacting the Website is the Best Way to Remove Negative Search Results

Even if the content is deleted from Google search results, the page will still be present on the site. This means it can be found through the URL to the site, social media sharing, or other search engines.

Reaching out to the website's webmaster is the best way to remove information because the webmaster can remove the page and its content entirely by deleting it from the server where he or she is hosting the site.  This will remove the content from the results of all search engines, social media sites and other places it might appear online.

How to ask a webmaster to remove unfavorable content from a site

There are several ways to contact the owner of a site:
  1. Contact us link: Find a “Contact us” link or an email address for the webmaster. This information is often on the site's homepage.
  2. Use Whois to find contact information: You can perform a Whois ("who is?") search for the site owner using Google. Go to google.com and search for whois www.example.com. The email address to contact the webmaster can often be found under "Registrant Email" or "Administrative Contact."
  3. Contact the site's hosting company: The Whois search result usually includes information about who hosts the website. If you're unable to reach the webmaster, try contacting the site's hosting company.
After the webmaster has removed or changed the content in question, you can get Google to remove the outdated information by sending a removal request here.

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