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    Should I 301 redirect really old pages?


    On google webmaster, I'm showing accurate 404 errors for really old pages that no person is searching for.

    I used to redirect everything - but my htaccess file was cluttered and my site was slow. So I deleted most of the redirects to links that users weren't using.

    Since google is still crawling them - is it better to add the redirect or let it remain a 404 error?

    Thank you!
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    If the pages truly serves no purpose, doesn't bring in any juice then, have them respond with 410, Page gone. Google will remove it from it's index.

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    You can ignore the 404 error, but I would not, because Google Webmasters is telling you it is an error.

    Any possible reason for less traffic to my site needs attention.
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    Thanks! So - is it not a concern to have a lot of redirects in my htaccess file?
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    Would you recommend a plugin to create 410's?

    Thanks!

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