Delete file completely? (and not have it come up in Google search results)

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  • #199768

    newmw
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    I had a PDF file up on my blog in support of some research. Since this is now outdated, I really want the file deleted. I simply deleted the file through the Uploads management tab, and there it is gone. Also the attachment page isn’t available anymore. So far so good… But when I do a search on Google (after 2 weeks), the PDF file still comes up AND is still downloadable!

    I found some similar questions regarding the complete removal of files:
    https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic.php?id=17445&replies=11#post-130780
    https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic.php?id=16622&replies=8#post-123661

    But neither topic could provide a good answer or solution on how to completely remove that file (and not have it show in Google search results). Ideas, anyone?

    #200023

    raincoaster
    Member

    Contact Google. Or wait.

    #200093

    isadora
    Member

    If you use the google webmaster tools you can delete the content from google. See: http://lorelle.wordpress.com/2007/04/22/how-to-remove-your-blog-content-from-google/

    #200095

    newmw
    Member

    @raincoaster: so the file will be deleted after some time from the wordpress.com servers (because that is the issue, it’s not just Google indexing, it’s wordpress.com still storing it).

    @isadora: i thought about that, but it wouldn’t work if the file is still on the wordpress.com servers, right? it would simply crawl the website and catch the URL again? why can’t the file be directly deleted from the wordpress servers?

    #200165

    isadora
    Member

    newmw, if the file is stored somewhere, but not published, it won’t be crawled anymore. Usually you can delete files stored on wordpress.com under Manage > Uploads, but google will retain a copy in its cache, which you can delete as described by lorelle (the link I gave you earlier).

    #200177

    mindtooth
    Member

    Thank you so much for the link :D

    Birger :)

    #200198

    newmw
    Member

    @isadora: Ahh, now I understand. Kind of weird that Google stores the actual file too…. (it’s my file right?). So the answer is: Ask Google to remove the file from their cache. And I can rest assured that the file has been removed from the wordpress.com servers :) Thanks a lot!

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