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[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 4:26 am (utc) on Aug 10, 2013]
[edit reason] Made niche less specific [/edit]
...uses something called "keyword albums", which are keyword links on every page that link to an album of images tagged with that tag on the fly.
...I am wondering if blocking them in robots.txt might help me to recover.
"I did some checking and Google has the tag pages indexed, but they don't bring in a lot of traffic as entry pages so the pages don't rank well."
"The module that creates the pages is still active though. So all the pages that have been indexed are still there, but there are no longer any links pointing to them from any page...they are orphaned."
"Having too many 404 errors though will also potentially drag down the site."
use the robots meta tag with "noindex,follow" as attributes. The "follow" attribute is a default, but many webmasters choose to use "nofollow" in this situation, so I thought I'd note the choice.
I was under the impression "follow" was implied and that blackholes would only be a problem in noindex, nofollow was used?
Better than robots.txt would be to use the robots meta tag with "noindex,follow" as attributes.
I have heard that footer links can also trigger Panda also penalty.I do not think footer links are directly connected to Panda, but they will affect how the link juice is distributed through the site.