---- Is Deleting the target page on your site the same as link removal?
TheOptimizationIdiot - 5:20 pm on Apr 28, 2013 (gmt 0)
Is this wrong?
I haven't tested your what you're doing as a solution, so the best answer I have is: Time will tell.
I have heard where people thought they could recover from a Panda/Penguin hit by 301ing to to a different domain and using the same content only to find out later they just "ran through" another domain, because the original domain wasn't the reason they got hit, so moving didn't fix the issue and they ended up in the same place again. (IOW: There is something one of the animals doesn't like about the site, so moving it doesn't fix the issue, because the name of the domain wasn't the problem in the first place.)
If you drop again, maybe try removing the page. (That said, you don't need to physically remove what you have on the page right now, just change the header served when it's requested via PHP or another server-side language, noindex,nofollow it and it'll be "gone" even though you still have the link to the new location for visitors.)
Obviously you're not 301ing, so it'll be interesting to see if your solution works permanently or if it gets hit again when the algo "catches up" with it.
Is a 410 (gone) better, same, or worse than a 404 of the "deleted" page
Over time they seem to be treated about the same, but initially a 410 Gone will be dropped from the index sooner and not re-requested as often.