joined:June 24, 2005
Say this website sells widgets...each widget has its own page and I need to yank about 100 of these.
I'm worried about just deleting them outright because of 404's from external links (google says 404's are bad, right)?
Worried about 301'ing all the old pages to the homepage because doesn't google say mass 301'ing as spammy? Know a guy who said he got penalized big time because of external 301'ing...which has me nervous even though this would be internal 301'ing. What if I 301'ed each page to categories (would still be a lot of stacking)?
302 doesn't make sense because this isn't temporary, right?
What about a 'this widget is no longer available' message? My worry is then that this would thin content and if all yanked pages have this verbiage this would be internal duplicate content?
I was thinking about doing custom 'Widgetabc of region X' is no longer available' type of thing (since I have the basics in the database). I could retain these pages and have unique content for them. The issue would be there wouldn't be a lot of unique content other than the widget name and location pretty much which then has me worried about getting dinged for having too much thin content.