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#1 madams

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 06:24 AM

Hi

 

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.

 

So...

 

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

 

M

 

 



#2 qwerty

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 07:55 AM

I usually prefer to 301 URLs like this over simply deleting them and responding to requests for them with a 404, but you really have to have a page that will serve as a worthwhile replacement for the removed pages, or you're creating a poor user experience.

 

You might consider setting up a new page that says that your site no longer covers that area, but does cover certain other areas that are similar or nearby. It would link to pages for those other areas, and that might be reason enough to 301 the old URLs there. But it's really a decision you have to make based on your understanding of the content you have and the needs and desires of your audience.



#3 Jill

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 10:10 AM

Remember, the 301'd URLs will no longer be indexed. It's more to preserve any link equity.

#4 madams

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 07:57 AM

Thank guys :)






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