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    Deleted Parent Category But Still Serving (w 404)


    Hi, can somebody help me out please...

    I had this structure /new-cars/car-reviews and /new-cars/auto-news

    And wished to remove the 'new cars' parent category so I simply deleted the category, hoping to return /car-reviews and /auto-news
    parent categories, along with all child categories (/auto-news/ford, etc.)

    Problem is, I am still seeing the random /new-cars/auto-news etc urls still serving, with 404 pages..?

    While some have resolved, majority are still showing 'new cars' in the url.

    How can I fix this? Thank-you!
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    Any help guys? Would really appreciate it - this board has really helped me out in the past. Appreciate the support...
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    The problem is that there is probably links on the net pointing to these pages.

    Address this issue and you will address your problem. As long as there are links pointing to this page Google will attempt to index the page.
    If you have never failed in your life, you have never achieved anything Noteworthy !
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    Thanks KnowOneSpecial,

    But I can't really control who's pointing to my site - Is there a way to override this? I'm simply trying to eliminate that one Category, that's it.

    And if sites are pointing to it, shouldn't a redirect solve the problem (?).

    ...Very least, How can I restore that the category 'new cars' after I've deleted it? Restore everything to how it was before.

    Thanks!
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    Originally Posted by autozone
    And if sites are pointing to it, shouldn't a redirect solve the problem (?).
    Now you are addressing the issue. Yes, a redirect does solve the issue and keeps the juice.

    Originally Posted by autozone
    How can I restore that the category 'new cars' after I've deleted it? Restore everything to how it was before.
    You can either restore the category from a backup if you have one, or recreate it from scratch.
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    You need to do a permanent 301 redirect from the old url to the new url.
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    When I type the new url ( /auto-news) it automatically redirects to the old, deleted category (/new-cars/auto-news). But again, only some urls returned 404 while others are working fine now. So strange.

    With so many categories that'll need to be redirected, I don't think it's worth it opposed to just restoring the old 'new cars' parent category.
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    Originally Posted by autozone
    When I type the new url ( /auto-news) it automatically redirects to the old, deleted category (/new-cars/auto-news). But again, only some urls returned 404 while others are working fine now. So strange.

    With so many categories that'll need to be redirected, I don't think it's worth it opposed to just restoring the old 'new cars' parent category.
    If you really wanna change it, I don't think it's that bad though.
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    Thanks everyone, I really appreciate the input - you guys always help out.

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