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Removing a whole section with many backlinks

     
8:54 am on Sep 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Due to some problems I have to remove a whole section of my website because I can no longer have this content on my website. Itís six years of content. Unfortunately this section has got quite a lot of backlinks, tweets likes etc.

Iím not completely sure if I will remove the whole section or if I will take the bits and pieces I can preserve or I just remove the section from the website. At this stage I redirected all the urls to the main section until I decided what to do with it.

What do you think I should I do to preserve as much link juice as possible?
4:09 pm on Sept 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

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If backlinks and pages are crucial to website try to fix pages to stay in SERP for keywords.

If problem is not fixable - 301 to related keyword pages of surviving sections. That should keep most of inbound links flow to remanining pages.
5:05 pm on Sept 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

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So you would suggest to check every page and see where you should redirect it to instead of redirect all to the main page?
6:17 pm on Sept 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

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So you would suggest to check every page and see where you should redirect it to instead of redirect all to the main page?


Yes!

Redirecting massive numbers of pages to a single page that is "kind of" relevant but not entirely relevant might HARM the rankings of that page.
6:44 pm on Sept 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Hmm this is difficult because the section is kind of a stand alone subject, and there are to many urls to sort them one by one. I might be able to check the title for keywords and then redirect them to an other section on the website which is relevant.