You’ve likely found yourself on this page because your Removaly dashboard states that your information has been removed from a data broker, but you are still finding that search result showing up on search engine results (Google, Bing, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo, etcetera). This can be a bit confusing, we know, but have no fear.
First thing’s first, click on the link you are seeing in Google. From here, one of two things will happen:
- You will see a page that either says “Page Not Found”, “404 Error”, “410 Error”, “Whoops, Nothing Is Here” or something to that effect.
- You will be redirected to some form of an index page for the name in general, instead of an individual profile.
Regardless of which of these two things happen, they are both good news, as they mean the instance of personal information has been removed. However, it just hasn’t been removed from search engines.
But here is what can be done:
When The Page Is Not Found/An Error
Once Removaly has done the heavy lifting to get the instance of personal information removed from the data broker and people search site, and the web page shows an error, there is a way to try and speed up the process of removal.
To further explain the process of accelerating the removal process for search engines, please see our guide to deleting Google search results (and results from other search engines, which can be found here. The gist of it is that you can submit the link for removal via Google’s “Remove Outdated Content” page, but most of our users find that they have to wait until Google updates their search results anyway.
Performing this task is dependent on the resulting page no longer existing. If the page redirects to an index, things get more difficult.
When The Page Redirects To An Index
When this is the case, the people search site has set the link to automatically redirect to another page on their website. In this situation, the typical removal request of outdated content mentioned above will usually not work, as there is still a live page there.
In this case, there is not much that can be done, as these search engines (rightfully) don’t have a quick method to contact someone in regards to getting search results changed, modified, or removed.
So from here, it’s a bit of a waiting game, but rest assured that since Removaly removed your information from the source, once Google updates their search results that information will be completely gone!