How to Remove Personal Info From Google Searches

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For example, my site Megan's Minute is a Typepad blog. When I decided to verify Megan's Minute a couple of years ago, even though I followed Google's and TypePad's instructions for uploading an html file, that method didn't work for me. Instead, I added a meta tag.

Since I use Advanced Templates for Megan's Minute, I have access to the html code for all the pages on my site, and after a couple of tries, I was able to add the Webmaster Tool generated meta tag to the <head> section of the home page for Megan's Minute.

But beware! Before making any changes to your blogs templates, make copies so that you can change them back if you mess up. I learned that the hard way.

Now back to getting Jane's name, address and phone number off her Google results. Let's say we've verified JaneDoe.com and it now shows up in the website list on Jane's Webmaster Tools home page.

The next steps are simple. First click on the link of the verified site, in this case JaneDoe.com. Then click the "Optimization" link on the left. When that link expands, click "Remove URLs."

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On the next page, click on the button that says, "create a new removal request." Now type in the URL of the page you want removed, but remember, the URL can't be the one you see during a Google search. You must use the URL of the original page.

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The page you want removed will then be in the queue for the Google overlords to examine and once they see the personal information, they will delete the page from the Google cache.

It took less than 24 hours for my cached, PDF resume file to be deleted and my name, address and phone number were no longer visible to the whole internet.

Finally, I discovered a way to tell Google not to excerpt certain pages on my site in Google search results. That allowed me to use my original PDF resume file that includes my name, address and phone number.

Do you Google yourself? If you don't, you should.

Megan Smith is the BlogHer Contributing Editor covering Television/Online Video. Her personal entertainment blog is Megan's Minute.

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