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    When will my pages be removed from index?


    I have a large site with 1000+ pages ((URL address blocked: See forum rules)).
    About 10 months ago, I took the reins from someone else and completely
    changed the website, so some URLs didn't work anmore; also two months
    ago, I changed the folder structure on my page so nearly all the pages
    now had new web addresses--I don't typically do this but it was
    important.

    However, though Google has crawled my site since, there are still 100+
    pages indexed where the links don't work; some of them are from 10
    months ago! When will these pages be removed?

    I recently added a sitemap about a week ago. Will that help? How long
    will it take until Google will use that sitemap and index the new 1000
    pages?

    Thanks.
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    Originally Posted by jaredprattfamil
    I have a large site with 1000+ pages ((URL address blocked: See forum rules)).
    About 10 months ago, I took the reins from someone else and completely
    changed the website, so some URLs didn't work anmore; also two months
    ago, I changed the folder structure on my page so nearly all the pages
    now had new web addresses--I don't typically do this but it was
    important.

    However, though Google has crawled my site since, there are still 100+
    pages indexed where the links don't work; some of them are from 10
    months ago! When will these pages be removed?

    I recently added a sitemap about a week ago. Will that help? How long
    will it take until Google will use that sitemap and index the new 1000
    pages?

    Thanks.
    Yep... they stick a long time... you can use the url removal tool from google... but they don't hurt.
    Disclaimer : My posts on SEO are just from my observations and I do not say it is a true fact... A real fact of life is that, I'm often wrong...
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    I found some good info on this topic here
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    Originally Posted by googlemania88
    I found some good info on this topic here
    You will have to add the information to your post or give the url as text - you can't link to outside sources (read forum rules & guidelines for more info').
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    Why waste the SERPs?


    Wouldn't it be better to add a custom 404 page, or better yet 301 redirect to a valid page?
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    Hello, me=newbee....
    I recommend to use a custom 404 instead of a 301. With a 301 there is a risk your site will be filtered by the duplicate content filter. Also will Google recognize the old pages so hopefully these pages will be removed earlier.
    Make sure there's always a link to your homepage at the 404 page.
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    A 301 redirect will prevent duplicate content problems and send the traffic to the new pages... it would be the best option.

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    Jocelyn is correct. You will preserve your SERPs, PR and avoid duplicate content possibilities with a permanent 301 redirect.

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    Originally Posted by jaredprattfamil
    I have a large site with 1000+ pages ((URL address blocked: See forum rules)).
    About 10 months ago, I took the reins from someone else and completely
    changed the website, so some URLs didn't work anmore; also two months
    ago, I changed the folder structure on my page so nearly all the pages
    now had new web addresses--I don't typically do this but it was
    important.

    However, though Google has crawled my site since, there are still 100+
    pages indexed where the links don't work; some of them are from 10
    months ago! When will these pages be removed?

    I recently added a sitemap about a week ago. Will that help? How long
    will it take until Google will use that sitemap and index the new 1000
    pages?

    Thanks.
    It takes a long time and usually we dont have much control over it. For one of my customers I am seeing the old pages cached still even after updating the website and submiting the sitemap.
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    I have deleted a forum a year ago and it's still showing in the site: list of pages... but if you have a bug and the pages you'd like to keep, google will deindex them in no time cause you'd like to keep them... had a neet bug on a site and in no time it was out... but it still kept the stupid non existing forum pages I would not mind being removed... LOL !!
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    for now a custom 404 page. There is nothing more annoying than doing a search and the page I click on does not exist.
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    This really doesn't make any sence to me....maybe somebody can explain me why using a 301 is better then a 404...I always thought you would have to use a 404 and it always worked correctly but maybe something has changed. A friend of my is going to use a new CMS. I advised him to use a 404 because of the fact that all the new pages will get a new URL structure and with a 301 he will have two pages with exactly the same content (there will be no content changings): duplice content risk. The fact that you're using a 301 redirect doesn't change anything to the fact that there are still two pages....I guess I'm a bit confused....maybe somebody can tell me where I'm going wrong....thanx
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    Originally Posted by Nena
    ...with a 301 he will have two pages with exactly the same content (there will be no content changings): duplice content risk.
    This is the matter, yes there are 2 pages with the same content, but the 301 says "hello people, this page that was here is now there, please go to the new one and ignore the old".

    In this way also the BL and the PR are transferred too.
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    Thanx! You know, I was always told to use a 404 (and did it a lot of times) never had any big problems. But maybe a 301 is better...I will use that the next time!
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    Originally Posted by Nena
    But maybe a 301 is better...
    If after a guy like seo_am say "301 is the best" you still say "Maybe it's better"... it's gonna be a long tough ride. But it's normal to test stuff yourself, I always do when I can.
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