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Deleting pages: 410, 404 or remove manually in Google webmaster tool

   
7:44 am on Sep 13, 2011 (gmt 0)



I get the impression that the only thing works to improve ranking after Panda is deleting low performing pages the 0 to tiny traffic pages.
I am still thinking of deleting 200 pages should I go for 410, 404 or remove manually in Google webmaster tool using the removal tool.
(404: delete with no action)
Which method is better?
12:13 pm on Sep 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

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You could also debate whether to use a 301 redirect.
12:17 pm on Sep 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I get the impression that the only thing works to improve ranking after Panda is deleting low performing pages the 0 to tiny traffic pages.


My tests have shown that it doesn't make any difference...
12:24 pm on Sep 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I show 404 header and remove via WMT.
8:00 pm on Sep 13, 2011 (gmt 0)



Thinking more, you damn right indyank.
There aren't many indicators for deleting content makes any difference although it makes sense..

Being passive has never been a strong point for me BUT I guess no other choice right now.
9:07 pm on Sep 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I show 410 and let Google handle automatically. It can take several months for all of the URLs to vanish from the SERPs.
 

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