joined:Aug 25, 2012
My site has been around for over ten years. In the early days, I allowed people to post content without requiring a minimum word length. I have 2,000 articles/remedies in the database that are a single paragraph and very short. In total I have nearly 10,000 remedies.
I'm thinking that I should remove the short ones out of my siteMap.xml file that google uses, and maybe go as far as making them produce a 404 error. They would still be available to my users who log in, but for they would "disappear" for the google bot. Google constantly pushes how content should be useful to the reader. And, even though the short paragraphs are useful, it's likely that Google feels otherwise.. Maybe my overall page rank is hurting because of these 2,000+ scant articles?
Do you agree with me? Should I remove the short entries? Or leave as is?