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Aren't 301's bad though? I thought I read somewhere that google doesn't like to see 301's...or is that just links on your site to 301s
[edited by: SEOMike at 6:21 pm (utc) on Sep 29, 2011]
Wouldn't google be unhappy to see a 410 come back to life?
404's sound good then.
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 don't really like 404ing a large number of pages because I think it makes your site look broken.