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    HTTP 403 (Forbidden) Errors


    I am running a Drupal CMS for a bed and breakfast. It has an online reservation system through which people can reserve a room. Each reservation creates a Drupal node. The client did not want these nodes to be indexed, so I unpublished them and made the default unpublished for this content type.

    Now that I have unpublished these nodes (some of them had already been indexed) there are about 50 http 403 (forbidden) errors in my sitemap. My question is... how much do these errors affect my Google rankings if at all? Google must be keeping track of them for a reason, but I can't be punished for hiding certain content can I? Why do they care if it's forbidden?
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    50 errors in sitemap? Why don't you just remove those urls from your sitemap?
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    My Drupal guys told me a while back that you don't need a sitemap with Drupal, but I have yet to see proof of this yet.
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    Sorry, I may not have been clear on the fact that it is a Google Sitemap, not just a regular old sitemap for my users. They have been removed from my sitemap.xml. It is in the Google Webmaster Tools account that it is giving me the errors, since the URL's were one indexed and have now been unpublished.
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    You could use the Remove URLs tool in Google Webmaster Tools to expedite your content removal from index.
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    Originally Posted by Swirleigh
    You could use the Remove URLs tool in Google Webmaster Tools to expedite your content removal from index.
    Yeah I did that but it never seems to really work.

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