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Deleting articles from the site – what impact?

1:22 pm on May 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

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We have a contributor to the website that we have had a big disagreement with – basically they are being completely unreasonable and have asked us to remove their articles from the site.

I am going to comply but was wondering about the best way to do it without incurring penalties?

They only have 62 articles so it’s not a big number – I just want to be sure I’m doing it the best way.

Is it possible to just delete them?

Thanks for any advice.
2:35 pm on May 22, 2013 (gmt 0)

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What type of traffic do you currently get because of those articles?

What quantity/quality of links do you get because of those articles?

Is it possible for you to recreate the content (in your own words), and just replace the articles?

If it is good content and its generating traffic, you should try to find a way to recreate original content to replace what is there. At the very least, you should put some 301 redirects in place to the most similar content that will remain on your site.
8:26 pm on May 22, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Corollary question: Will there be any way that a human visitor and/or a search engine can tell that you've deleted all articles from a particular source? If yes, you need to make it look as if you made the decision yourself for the benefit of your site, rather than that the contributor decided there's something wrong with you. ("I quit" vs. "You're fired".) But resist the temptation to imply there is something wrong with the contributor. It doesn't sound as if you really think there is-- and that kind of thing can come back and bite you.

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