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    Could i hit the self destruct button?

    Bonjour from medieval york York...

    following a refurb of my site ive got 30 plus pages i do not want google to index. Now i know there are two ways to block the bots but am not sure what will be best.

    Method 1 would be to put this in the header of the unwanted pages -<meta name=”robots” content=”noindex”>

    Method 2 would be to do a robot text file which terrifies me.

    But what about deleting the pages would that be a problem. These pages would have no SEO benefit to me and they only link to now defunt parts of the site.


    So could i hit the self destruct button and delete pages i dont want...

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    If you don't want the pages any more, I would say delete them and then set up some redirects in case people click on a link they find in a search engine (or elsewhere). Redirects are easy to set up in a .htaccess file. E.g.

    Redirect 301 /old/page/ /new/page/

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    Hi, Why not do all three; header, robot.txt, site map.

    Of course safest would be to delete the pages, but only if the pages are to no use for the visitors or they can,t find them, I suggest you delete them.

    If you do, then use "mod_alias" or maybe "mod_rewrite" to tell they are "gone" (410). - Ask in the Apache Configuration forum how to redirect visitors to a 410 page.

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    the best way would be to 301 redirect those pages. you dont want the link juice to disappear.

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    I will like to mention another against deleting those pages. Do you want your visitors from other sites which may link to those pages by any chance, to get a 404 Page not Found?
    So redirect them or use the 1st method of blocking search engines to it.


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