How Can I Get a Page on My Site Out of the Bing Index?
This article describes the different options webmasters and site owners have to remove a URL from their own site from the Bing index.
|If you are not the webmaster or site owner of the page that should be removed from the search results, you should contact the webmaster of the site to take down the content. If that has already happened and the content is no longer on the site, you can use the Content Removal Tool to request a page removal from the Bing Search results.|
Method 1: Remove the Page from Your Site and Return a 404
The most natural way for a URL to be removed from our index is to delete it from your site so that the URL returns a 404 (Not Found) or 410 (Gone) HTTP status. After re-crawling the page and establishing that it has been removed permanently from your site, we will remove the page from our search results. Note that in order for Bing to detect that the page has in fact been removed from your site and is now returning a 404 or 410 HTTP status code, Bingbot needs to be able to access the URL, so you should not block the URL from being re-crawled through robots.txt.
Method 2: Add a NOINDEX meta tag to the page
If you want need to remove a URL from the Bing search results that you cannot or don't want to delete from your site as per Option 1, you can add a robots meta tag to your HTML source. Bing honors meta robots tags and adding <meta name="robots" content="noindex"> to your page source will ensure that the page will disappear from the index once it has been re-crawled and re-processed. When using the NOINDEX tag, your HTML header would look something like:
Note that re-crawling and reprocessing can take some time. Also, make sure not to disallow the URL from being crawled using robots.txt or through other means: we will still need to be able to fetch the page in order to see the NOINDEX tag.
<html><head> <meta name="robots" content="noindex" /> (…rest goes here…) </head> <body>…</body> </html>
Note: if the URL you want to remove from the index is not a web page but say, a PDF, you can choose to emit X-Robots-Tag: noindex to the response header:
HTTP/1.1 200 OK Cache-Control: private Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8 X-Robots-Tag: noindex
Method 3: Remove the URL using the Block URLs tool
If you are in a hurry to get a URL out of the search results and cannot wait for the natural recrawl process, you can block a URL using the Block URLs tool inside Webmaster Tools. This will prevent the URL from appearing on the search results within 24 hours. Note that Block URL only prevents the page from appearing in search results and are temporary as they expire every 90 days, but this should give you time to either remove the page from your site or add a NOINDEX meta tag to the page so as to completely remove them from our index.