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I oppose this for multiple reasons. The first being that I think they should skip the 301 of the 404, and just serve a 404 from the originating site
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 2:26 am (utc) on Jul 2, 2014]
I think they should skip the 301 of the 404, and just serve a 404 from the originating site, with s small blurb about the migration and links to the new site vs what they are recommending
Returning a code other than 404 or 410 for a non-existent page (or redirecting users to another page, such as the homepage, instead of returning a 404) can be problematic. Firstly, it tells search engines that thereís a real page at that URL. As a result, that URL may be crawled and its content indexed. Because of the time Googlebot spends on non-existent pages, your unique URLs may not be discovered as quickly or visited as frequently and your siteís crawl coverage may be impacted (also, you probably donít want your site to rank well for the search query [File not found]).
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My main question revolves around how to handle the 404's on the old sites.
If you've moved an entire site, there are no 404s because the entire thing is gone.