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So, if page A had 100 links and then becomes a 404. Then a week later, we apply a 301 from Page A to Page B. Does that pass those link metrics along, or do they all die as soon as the page 404s?
so if the page returns a 404, then we add a 301 so it delivers users to a new URLRe-read Nick's earlier post. You can't “add” a 301 once something has already returned a 404. One request, one response.
we create news stories at url.co.uk/news-story, then, after a month, that news story moves to url.co.uk/archive/news-story