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Removing a whole section with many backlinks
Globetrotter




msg:4364177
 8:54 am on Sep 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

Due to some problems I have to remove a whole section of my website because I can no longer have this content on my website. Itís six years of content. Unfortunately this section has got quite a lot of backlinks, tweets likes etc.

Iím not completely sure if I will remove the whole section or if I will take the bits and pieces I can preserve or I just remove the section from the website. At this stage I redirected all the urls to the main section until I decided what to do with it.

What do you think I should I do to preserve as much link juice as possible?

 

Nino_D




msg:4364328
 4:09 pm on Sep 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

If backlinks and pages are crucial to website try to fix pages to stay in SERP for keywords.

If problem is not fixable - 301 to related keyword pages of surviving sections. That should keep most of inbound links flow to remanining pages.

Globetrotter




msg:4364347
 5:05 pm on Sep 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

So you would suggest to check every page and see where you should redirect it to instead of redirect all to the main page?

Planet13




msg:4364362
 6:17 pm on Sep 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

So you would suggest to check every page and see where you should redirect it to instead of redirect all to the main page?


Yes!

Redirecting massive numbers of pages to a single page that is "kind of" relevant but not entirely relevant might HARM the rankings of that page.

Globetrotter




msg:4364399
 6:44 pm on Sep 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

Hmm this is difficult because the section is kind of a stand alone subject, and there are to many urls to sort them one by one. I might be able to check the title for keywords and then redirect them to an other section on the website which is relevant.

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