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Yahoo and 301 - Has anything changed?

Issues with duplication content via 301

     
7:32 pm on Apr 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Hello everyone.

I have a particular problem with pages in my website in Yahoo.com. My website has about 1000 unique articles posted, that I handwrote. Early in 2007, for internal reasons, I needed to 301 redirect all of the urls in the website to new urls (both were search engine friendly)

The old urls were followed fine by Google, who dropped the old urls and picked the new ones up immediately.

However, Yahoo (and msn.com) did not follow suit. When I do a site: search in Yahoo, I still see even second level lading pages that are in the old url style. Unfortunately, most of the old pages also had links to them as my site is linked to often.

This has caused multiple listings of the same content in Yahoo.com, who seems to refuse to obey an obvious 301 redirect, which is common business practice, and reference the new url only in it's results.

What worse, is that more than half of my pages seem to be indexed in Yahoo.com this way.

What would be the best option to keep all links from the old urls and apply them to the new url in Yahoo's eyes? It is best simply to 404 the old urls at this point and take the loss, knowing that the new urls will then take precendence over the ghost urls?