410 is a standard HTTP status code indicating that a requested resource is no longer available at the server and no forwarding address is known.

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How to invalidate Google Search results?

Due to a misconfiguration all HTTPS traffic to a specific server showed the wrong content for a while. Google indexed this content including urls that don't exist in the affected sites. For example: ...
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Search Console Fetch Not Found and Redirect

When fetching a URL in Search Console i get 3 results; success, redirect and not found. Can I ignore the redirect warnings or is Google telling me there is a problem? The not found pages; I can not ...
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Forcing google to rescan sitemaps instantly

When URLs no longer exist on my site, I give a page and issue an HTTP 410 status (the GONE error). I created a script that allows my co-administrator to add and remove pictures from the site and ...
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Plesk 410 Directory

Plesk allows adding "Additional nginx directives" for hosted websites. I'm trying to use this to set a 410 header on some old directories, but I can't find anything as simple as RewriteRule ^rss/ - ...
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How to remove deleted webpage returning 200 from indexers?

I have recently deleted my personal webpage - cancelled the entire hosting and gave up the domain. I want the Bing, google and others to remove the pages from their indexes. However, my hosting ...
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Can a website meet standards without a single link returning 404 status?

According to woorank.com seo tools, I read that its not best practice for a website to not have a custom 404 error page. But here's why I don't have it on a domain. Currently I and one other person ...
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Can an HTTP status 400 be a substitute for a 410?

As I shift many URL's on my site from non-friendly to friendly, I came across an old URL that was used for testing that google later ended up scanning but now I no longer use the URL. Its in the ...
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Is making a catch-all page for HTTP status 410 errors practical?

I run a website with photo galleries. Each photo gallery contains at least 100 to 500 photos on their own individual pages and If I delete a gallery then without creating any special configuration, ...
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How should an expired content be handled?

Let's imagine this simplified case: An auction website has "auction detail" pages. A few weeks after the auction is over, the "auction detail" page is no more available. We are simply serving a ...
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What rewrite rule would show the 410 (gone) status for removed forum URLs?

I have removed a forum system from my CMS and now I want to return an 410 status code whenever a search engine visits the former posts. I know that I have to use a number of Rewrite Rules to do the ...
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What is the correct HTTP status code for: “This version of this API has been discontinued”?

I have a RESTful API. There are 3 versions of it: v1, v2, and v3. I am about to publish v4, and we have decided to discontinue v1, meaning that all requests to http://example.com/v1/resource will ...
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Did I use the proper way to remove pages from Google Webmaster Tools forever?

I have many pages from one year ago that were deleted and are returning a 404 error code, but two week ago after I cleared the content of my robots.txt, the errors in my Google Webmaster Tools reports ...
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What do I put in htaccess to create a 410 error page when a URL parameter is present?

I tried to create a 410 error page but realized that I actually created a 302 redirect to a 410.php page. Instead I want to use a 410 error to block out an infinite number of dynamically created pages ...
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Are bad backlinks causing thousands of 404 and 410 errors in webmaster tools?

Our webmaster tools account is showing 250.000 errors related with weird links from other sites. These URLs are comming mostly from non existent sites or are being generated directly by our website. ...
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Removed pages from website - do I need to tell Google or will they fall off in time anyway?

This is a follow up question from here: Duplicate title tags due to translations Since asking the question I have removed the duplicated content that was being generated by language/translations on ...
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404s, 410s, and site re-designs

I recently made took over a site that had basic html and converted it into a dynamic php site. One of the features is 'pretty URLs' i.e., city-events.html is now simply events, and I'm curious as to ...
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Is it better to burn old domain names and 301 to a new one for domains that experienced a high number of errors?

As discussed in this topic, several sites were down due to a server issue for about a month. I have slowly watched some of the more popular sites gain some traffic. I did say slowly. I have also ...
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Why do 410 pages show as errors in Google Webmaster Tools?

To remove links from our site, we return a 410 code on on the links we want removed, and shows The page you requested was removed.. In Webmaster Tools, I see all the 410 pages in Crawl Errors / Not ...
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410 Responses when your CMS host doesn't support them?

Sending a 410 responses for a page that no longer exist should make Google stop crawling for that page. The site I am working on has been recently migrated, and very little of the content was ...
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Does it make sense to return a 410 instead of 404 when some page has been permanently removed?

Does it make sense to return a 410 instead of 404 when some page has been permanently removed? In this video, Matt Cutts says that Google treats them the same, but are there other reasons to implement ...
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How can I redirect everything but the index as 410?

Our site shut down and we need to give a 410 redirect to the users. We have a small one-page replacement site set up in the same domain and a custom 410 error page. We'd like to have it so that all ...