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Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by ravashjalil, Sep 22, 2013.

  1. ravashjalil

    ravashjalil Newbie

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    So I run this sports site that has predictions, previews and what not. After a while these articles are pretty much useless, nobody wants to read a preview or prediction 2 weeks after the games are done. So my question is what would be the ideal thing to do in terms of seo. I know the big guys keep them all, but im not big.

    So my thoughts were, removing those old pages, 301 or 404 or whatever, would conserve link juice for my newer articles, instead of keeping those old articles up because of the whole page rank flow and how it passes threw.

    Anyways just curious to hear peoples thoughts/suggestions.
     
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    john1444 Elite Member

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    Why delete your content, isn't it original?

    If you are looking at SEO then use Google Keyword Planner to see which keywords have market and offer them what the marketable keyword is about. It's as simple as that, after that you start using your imaginations and copy other sites..
     
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    the_demon Jr. Executive VIP

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    If your content is unique and NOT from a penalized domain removing your content would be a very bad idea. Consistent content growth over time is very important. I once deleted a forum on a personal site that wasn't active, overnight PR2 to PR0.

    I strongly advise against high volume content deletion.
     
  4. ravashjalil

    ravashjalil Newbie

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    That has nothing to do with my original question. My content is original, and im not worried about the keywords.
     
  5. SnakePliskin

    SnakePliskin BANNED BANNED

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    Do not remove your content. I have left a site for around six months with no updates, came back to it to revamp it's image and I deleted the content. Upon deleting content I lost rankings, A PR loss of 3, and that was hard to get back. I'd advise against it.
     
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    Definitely keep the articles, but make sure they're not on the homepage. Yes it will receive link juice, but it will also pass it back.
     
  7. ravashjalil

    ravashjalil Newbie

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    Alright, if it passes it back then it makes sense to keep it. Thanks everyone
     
  8. GamingOn

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    If you are not worried about traffic then why write at all?
    I would suggest leaving all content as people with predictions that come to see that kind of content will come to see the new content as well and see how your sports predictions worked out.

    Don't remove good content!
     
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    if they are your articles, and are unique, do not, I repeat DO NOT remove them
     
  10. WebMeUp

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    ravashjalil,

    consider what would result in the best user experience.

    If these pages are totally useless to your website visitors, you may redirect them to more relevant pages or categories. Take a look at the breadcrumbs and set redirects based on the internal navigation of your site.

    For example, your predictions/preview pages can be redirected to the most relevant sub-category pages, etc.

    Also note, that you should avoid redirecting outdated predictions/preview pages to new pages of the same type. Otherwise, you will run the risk of having to deal with this issue again ( having a http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1lVPrYoBkAto another 301 redirect, etc. is not good SEO practice after all).

    So, the best way to deal with this type of pages is to redirect them to the most relevant category page, as these are pages on the site that are least likely to change.

    Hope you find this info useful.