realmaverick - 10:21 pm on Mar 22, 2012 (gmt 0)
Hi Tedster, users sometimes delete content for various reasons. For example a user might delete a blue widget they created. This leads to a 410 that sticks around for a long time. The idea would be, for us to link to other users blue widgets.
That way the visitor still gets what they come looking for. It will be a different blue widget, but a blue widget non-the-less.
It does concern me also, that we have so many removed pages. Giving users the control they want, over their content makes them happy, but I fear it may cause quality issues with G.
Some of the 410's are from early 2011, no internal or external links. I've also checked sitemaps and cannot find reference. This was only on the portion that I tested, there maybe some, that are linked to externally.