n00b1 - 1:06 pm on Sep 27, 2012 (gmt 0)
Just an update on this. I have implemented this 410 redirect for the 'www' version of my website after requesting removal of the site on Google. I then put up my content on the 'non-www' and things seemed good... At first.
It seems Google is trying to crawl the www pages quite frequently. It should have been seeing these 410 errors for a few months now. Reading a little more into things it is mentioned in one of Google's own help articles that you need to also have a robots.txt block in place if you are wanting to remove an entire site or directory....... I can't really create a robots.txt specific to the 'www version' of my site (can I?) so I am wondering what to do here. How long does it take before Google would actually 'give up' on the www version. Or do I really have to move to a new domain here?