freejung - 8:04 pm on Jun 1, 2011 (gmt 0)
OK. The reason I ask is that I'm considering similar measures -- though in my case the number of URLs is on the order of 1000, and many of them have links or entry traffic.
Managing 97,000 301 redirects can cause real system issues if its not setup properly
Well, that would depend on your platform and what the URLs are like -- it might be possible to do it with a good regex in .htaccess, or you could set up your CMS to return the redirect only when such a URL is actually requested. In my situation I would do the latter, as it would be fairly easy to set up in my CMS and should perform quite well if done right.
I prefer a 301 redirect that goes to a well chosen URL, one that matches the value and function of the removed page.
Totally agree, and maybe in Chris' situation that doesn't make sense. In my case the redirect would be to a subcategory page which would now have all of the unique content from the redirected page -- in other words, what I'm talking about is putting the text from the individual pages, which is fairly short, directly on the subcategory pages and then redirecting the individual pages to the subcategories. So the content actually will have moved to the new location verbatim.