Ok. I have a site which is about 10 years old. It has an alexa ranking of about 350,000 and a google page rank of 4/10.
I have about 10 .cfm pages (store) as well as about 40-50 htm pages. On our webserver however has a bunch of random other pages such as test pages and pages we don't want to show/rank anymore (about 40). Most of these random pages ARE indexed however.
By us not linking to them will this hurt our ranks in google and alexa since internal linking is so important?
Also how do I remove these pages without hurting our rank? Right now we are building over the site and when completed we would not want most of these random pages on our server and we are worried by removing them we will drop in rankings
Also some of our titles and meta tags are duplicated. Could this hurt us?
the easiest way would be to remove the page from the server and 301 redirect it to a simillar page, if possible. Try to do it gradually, though, so google doesn't suspect you are making huge changes to the site. This will cause the pages to be removed from index.
Add the noindex and nocache meta tags to each page and you can safely just leave them where they are.
Since nothing links to those pages there is no pagerank drain to them and Google won't get upset that they aren't connected because you're instructing them not to index the pages anyway.
When they are all out of the index you can remove them without worry, you can also help their removal by using WMT and requesting the be removed from the index. Since it's less than 100 pages they should get removed fairly quickly.
edit: as for keeping any pagerank from them, unless you have similar pages that you can redirect the search engines to there will be nothing to keep when they're gone. If the pages aren't very similar you risk having the new pages ignored (as would happen if someone created 100 pages for the purpose of creating pr and redirected them all).
[edited by: JS_Harris at 6:37 am (utc) on June 2, 2009]