Google Removes Sitelinks Feature

Google Removes Sitelinks FeatureAs of 2016, and 9 years of testing, Google has removed the sitelinks feature within Google Search Console. This gave site owners control over what results displaying in Google search.

This awesome feature gave site owners the full ability to remove links from showing up in the search results, allowing more traffic to flow through their more profitable pages.

Google said:

“We only show sitelinks for results when we think they’ll be useful to the user. If the structure of your site doesn’t allow our algorithms to find good sitelinks, or we don’t think that the sitelinks for your site are relevant for the user’s query, we won’t show them. This process is completely automated. Sitelinks have evolved into being based on traditional web ranking, so the way to influence them is the same as other web pages.”

In return, Google has provided 3 different solutions:

  • Provide a clear structure for your website, using relevant internal links and anchor text that’s informative, compact and avoids repetition.
  • Allow Google to crawl and index important pages within your site. Use Fetch and Render [1] to check that they can be rendered properly.
  • If you need to remove a page from search completely, use a “noindex” robots meta tag [2] on that page.

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