Have you done a Google search of your name lately? Seen some things you wish you hadn’t?
In most cases you would need to contact the originating website and ask them to remove your name from the web page. It is then just a matter of time before Google removes the links from the search results.
There is a another way to remove some types of adult sites that appear when you search your name.
If you see a page that meets the following three criteria, then you can request Google to remove the links:
- Contains your name or business name
- Contains adult content
- Is spam
Remember, not all adult pages/sites are considered spam! There are legitimate adult sites that do not spam the web.
This form is only for pages that are considered spam. Or in other words, they must violate Google’s webmaster guidelines.
Once the online form has been sent, the spammy adult page should be removed within a week – if the Google team accepts your request.
Some people are unfortunate enough to have the same name as an adult industry actor/actress. If that is you then you may struggle to get all the search results removed. Porn is not illegal (in most countries) and these actors/actresses have a right to share there work online.
You could try these options:
- Engage in Reputation Management, the process of creating friendly content across several websites that will appear high up in the search engines.
- Contact the legitimate adult sites and request they remove/edit the name.
- Use the Google form to request removal of spammy adult sites that contain your name.
- Request Google to remove any adult photos that appear in the Image Search results when Safesearch filter is enabled (Google will remove adult photos, but only from the filtered image search results).
Remove adult images from Safesearch filtered image results – strict or moderate setting (you will need to input the url and select from the options)