When you search and visit a website, especially through a search engine, you leave a mark either words (your name) or photos (your display or profile picture) for the search engine bots that crawl and index you with those marks. And whenever types your name or search you through your picture, it displays all information about you available over the internet which can be easily misused by anyone.

A Step-by-Step GUide To Removing Yourself From Search Engines

Therefore, it is important to make yourself disappeared from search engines. Search engines have claimed that they do not remove the content from their search results unless it violates their policy. This means that you will have to remove yourself from all search engines on your own. It may seem hard to remove the tracks that you have left for years. However, it can be easily done by carrying out the given steps of removing yourself from Search Engine Results Page (SERP).

1. Search Yourself:

The first step of removing yourself from the search engines is to know the websites that have your information. In order to do that, you will need to search yourself on the internet. When it comes to searching yourself, there are mainly two ways either you search through search engine or websites like dogpile.com. However, it is suggested to do that by using search engines because it is the place from where you want to get disappeared.

Most of the people search results by their names but what about someone who has used your image to create a fake profile under someone else’s name. These fake profiles can only be identified via searching yourself through images. Therefore, it is important to image search as well.

2. Don’t Stick To First Search Page Only:

One of the most important things is to make sure that you have identified all the webs that displays wrong information about you. Mostly, it is seen that people just go through the first 10 results or the first search page displayed on their query.

However, if someone is searching about you, he is likely to go through multiple SERPs. Therefore, it would be better not to stick to the first page and dig out at least 3 to 4 SERPs to make sure you have found and reported almost every blog that displays you as a negative person to the world.

3. Restrict Webs Showing Your Information:

When you will search yourself through search engines, you are likely to get information about yourself mainly from the networks that you have joined like Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, LinkedIn, etc. The information on the networks aforementioned or similar to them can be easily restricted by changing your profile privacy policy.

If there are other websites displaying your information in search results, besides these networks, you will need to contact those websites via email or any other option available over their contact-us page to request them remove your information from their web.

4. Contact Hosting Websites:

In case, the websites other than social and professional networks ignore your request to remove your information from their website, you can search contact info of their web hosting service  websites like viewwhois.com. You will need to enter their domain name and this web will provide you with details of that web including their hosting provider.

There are web hosting service providers that entertain request of information removal from the websites they host if they found them violating Digital Content Media Authority (DCMA) rules and regulations. Your name would not be enough to for DCMA request. However, if they have published information that shows negative image of yours or harasses you in anyway, you would be certainly able to request the hosting company to remove the content from those sites.

5. Right To Be Forgotten:

Google, the mainly used search engine by most of the world, has taken an initiative ‘Right To Be Forgotten (RTBF)’ on the frequent requests of information removal that is misused. With this initiative, users whose information is misused or wrong information published under their name can be removed from search results by filling up the form of RTBF.

In this form, you will mainly require to provide Google with the URLs that displays hateful information about you with the reasoning why the information is inappropriate. Google will inspect your request and will remove the information if the request regarding those web pages is correct.

6. Go For The Reputation Management:

If you have carried out all the above steps but still unable to remove the wrong information published on some websites, you must need to go for reputation management. Reputation management is nothing but a process in which you will need to write positive about you and pin those postings on top of SERP. If you do not know anything about SEO, then you would need to hire some professionals to do that for you. In this way, the people who would be searching about you will be displayed with the positive results.