I have about 40 pages that are no longer needed on my site.
I would like to know the best way to deal with them to minimise any seo losses.
I rent holiday properties on my site and the pages in question are from an area I will no longer cover.
I can, using my CMS, mark the pages as "Expired", this will stop them showing up when people do a local search on my site. However, the pages will still be indexed on the SE.
I can 301 redirect them all back to my homepage but if they are looking for a holiday in that particular area, they will be disappointed.
I could delete the pages and tell Webmaster Tools to bin them but this seems not the way to go.
What would you guys suggest, the 301 approach? Or another way?
Thanks in advance