Some of my previous questions on Stack Overflow contain test links to client websites. However, my client would prefer these links not to show in google. Is there a way to do this without hindering the question for future users? .
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Edit the questions to remove the links. Google will eventually pick up on the change. And in the future don't use links to actual client sites for questions. Use fiddles/codepads to demonstrate problems, or put the sample pages on an unrelated server.
If it really needs to completely vanish (e.g. serious information leak through just the URL alone) you can make an edit and then flag for a
I think that's probably not productive use of moderator/developer time though if there's going to be 10s or even 100s of these. An edit combined with a firewall/DNS change is probably most appropriate to make it disappear. If you control the site google have a number of ways of removing it from their side too.
As a side note: If you post lots of links to your clients site in lots of questions it looks a lot like spammy promotion of the site - it would be better all round if the question was more abstract. This would also have the side benefit of probably making it more useful to future visitors.