I ran a large successful website that had tens of thousands of inbound links, but it was unfortunately hacked to the nth degree. Backups the lot. It took us a long time to get back online, as it was an extremely bespoke community.
Anyway, we're back and of course, the 40,000 daily visitors are no more and we're pretty much starting from scratch. However I'd like to, if possible, reclaim some of the link juice.
I've redirected many old pages to new but there are some scenarios that I'm not sure on the best action.
There are some pages, that had thousands of inbound links and we currently have nowhere to send them. I am guessing it's best to just wait until their is a relevant place to direct them?
Also we had a sub domain that we used, that received quite a lot of links and we're not bringing the sub domain back. I've redirected it to the top level, but the inner pages of the sub domain all still return a 404. I didn't want to go crazy and redirect an entire sub domain to my www. homepage. That would be a bad move, right? Any other way of redirecting that link juice?
Any advice at this point would be great.
Thanks a lot.