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    Manage inactive pages for better optimization


    Hi,
    I have an eCommerce site where I sell a lot of unique products. I have more than 500 products and most of them only exist in single quantity.
    So when items get sold, I deactivate them but still keep them in the database in case I manage to get the items back, which sometimes happens after few months. Then I reactive the product.

    This apparently is giving a lot of "page not found errors" on search engine and I have been advised
    to redirect the inactive pages.
    But is this the best thing to do? Should I keep inactive items in my database and redirect them to some other page? Or should I just
    delete them? I don't want my database to increase continuously.

    Any advice or solution?
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    I'd use the 302 redirect, which is temporary.
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    You mean just redirect inactive pages to homepage, for example?
    I found a module for my site that does this for each and every page. But that still requires me to keep the products in the database.
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    Don`t delete your products. You can get a search traffic on this pages. Just deactivate a "Buy" button.

    I don't want my database to increase continuously.
    It isn't important. Even if you have 1000 out of stock products, database will grow by 1 mb.
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    What's the point of leaving an item visible for a long time if it is not in stock? This will only put off potential buyers. That is why I deactivate them. But apparently google does not like it since the items no longer in stock were indexed and now it goes to page not found.
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    Originally Posted by hurray
    What's the point of leaving an item visible for a long time if it is not in stock? This will only put off potential buyers
    Have you ever considered,

    It brings traffic to your site.

    It provides you an opportunity to say, hey, we are out of stock - you can back order it, or sorry, this product is discontinued - but we recommend these other alternative products.

    You keep your traffic, you convert more sales, sort of a win win situation, don't you think?

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    Originally Posted by SaleSmith
    It isn't important. Even if you have 1000 out of stock products, database will grow by 1 mb.
    The database probably has a 1 gigabyte limit, so your objection there is mute.
    If you have never failed in your life, you have never achieved anything Noteworthy !
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    Thank you for your input.
    But on any product page, if a customer sees thumbnails of 50 items and 20 of them as being "sold", don't you think it could have some negative effect? Just wondering...
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    Maybe it would be better if you keep the stock up So you dont run out of so many items.
    I usta run a site like that and when I received an order for something out of stock, I went and
    found it elsewhere and filled the order.

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