frankleeceo - 2:53 pm on Mar 15, 2013 (gmt 0)
I need some directions with how to deal with stale or outdated content. I deal with informational and news area where news and information get outdated and old.
For example, some posts deal with old technologies that has discontinued and no one ever searches for them at the current time. And if they do, it's probably "not" what they are looking for. Which cause user experience issues.
I am hesitant to remove them outright because they may have links in the past and removing them would cause 404 and potential loss of past link juice.
Merge the outdated pages is useless too because they are outdated after all.
Redirect seems bad too simply because there is no good pages to redirect them to.
By leaving them as they are, I am suspecting that some of the old pages cause ranking issues due to staleness, and people do not find them relevant.
What is the best way to deal with these pages? What are your thoughts?
Thanks in advance.