There are many reasons why people would want to remove content from Google. Each month, there are 240,000 searches in the U.S. and 450,000 searches worldwide for "remove from Google".
Our main concern with removing content from Google is reputation management. In another post, we talk about how to protect a business or personal reputation by immunizing yourself from negative attacks through the publishing of proper positive content: Reputation Management. Alongside reputation management, it is a good idea to remove negative content from Google and Bing when you can.
Content can be removed from the Google search engine index if:
The content is no longer on the original site. While Google might remove it from their index automatically, if information is removed from the original site and you want it removed more quickly than normally than this can be done by requesting it be removed.
The content is posting information Google considers to be private information like a social security number or credit card.
The content is considered adult in nature and is showing up on filtered searches.
This link will take you to a removal page for requesting that content be removed from Google: remove page from Google's search results.
If the site has your name, business name or other information on an adult site, you can remove that here: remove adult content from Google.
If the offending page has content that is private, such as a social security information, or if you have other removal requests, you can submit those here: remove other content from Google.
Looking to remove your content from Bing? We have a post for that!