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    What To Do With Orphan Pages


    I've had a static website for 17 years. It's 200 pages. I'm creating a new responsive website with about 10 pages. When it goes up there won't be any links to the 190 pages left behind. What's the best way, seo-wise, to deal with them? Do I leave them on my host or delete them? Do I notify google? I'm thinking of posting 2 or 3 of them to my blog each week, good idea or bad? Other than the homepage should I use new urls for the new pages or old urls? Thanks!
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    No one is answering so here is my plan. As I post the content to my blog, one or two per week, I'll delete the pages from my host. Good idea?
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    If you simply delete the pages you risk losing backlinks. I'd suggest keeping the pages till you transfer them to the new site then redirecting the old URL to the new page.
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    Make sure all the pages are in your sitemap. Google will then still visit them.
    If you delete a page then also remove it from the sitemap.

    Bulk deleting pages is never a good idea, you are better 301 redirecting them to somewhere else, in which case any page rank they carry will be passed on to the receiving page. However dont just redirect them to the home page.
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