Content on internet is dynamic. Information are frequently added, deleted and modified. So it can be a possibility that a deleted webpage might still show up in Google search results. Or double copies of nearly same content exists in Google search after renaming the older url.
Such things commonly happens with a website. Its important to deal with this in proper manner to keep safe from Google penalty and keep up good visitor experience.
Why to remove broken links quickly
Search engines likes websites to be fast, responsive and useful to readers. Any site with broken links is discouraged by Google, Yahoo and Bing. And there can be penalty on the website if it has ‘linkrot’ problem due to the existence of big number of broken links.
User experience for the website is deterred. If a link shown in Google search is found to be non-reachable then visitors won’t take away a good impression for the site.
Steps to remove broken links from Google
This can be done using Google Webmasters tools, which you probably use to manage your website on Google.
1. Login to Google Webmasters and select your website.
2. Navigate to Optimization> Remove URLs.
3. Next click ‘Create a new Removal Request‘.
You can remove a particular url address or an entire directory from Google. Enter the url of webpage/directory to remove and press continue.
4. Depending on your requirement, choose any of the three options from drop-down list and click ‘Submit Request’.
The unavailable content of your site would be erased off Google within 24hrs.