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In my new Job search site how should I handle jobs which are expired?

Ideally those should return 410 response when deleted. But I'd like to delete them(404 response) since that'd be easy to do for my Drupal site.

Will it cause any problems?

I'm placing some links to similar discussions:





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marked as duplicate by Simon Hayter, Stephen Ostermiller, Hamlet Mar 8 '13 at 3:38

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

Look at this question, it is very similar. – Itai Mar 7 '13 at 18:45
It is the same question I'm looking for. I'd like to delete this question. – AgA Mar 8 '13 at 6:37

I think using .htaccess to 301 redirect to a generic related page would work best. Something like, "Thanks for coming by, this job is no longer active. Feel free to look at our other current positions ."

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Regarding visitors, I think returning custom 404 is better and fun.

Regarding SEO, I think making 301 redirect to the most appropriate page is better to transfer PR from the deleted page.

Choose what you prefer but I advise you to think to your visitors before SEO (even if SEO is important).

Look at what stackexchange do.

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