Pagination is bad for SEO and has relatively poor usability.
For SEO, it causes problems with duplicate and very similar pages. It isn't good at passing link juice where it is needed.
Only a small number of users typically interact with pagination. At most, it is usually 1 to 2 percent. Often it is just a fraction of a percent.
Since pagination isn't good for SEO, and isn't used much by users, implement better ways of getting to all your content:
- Have site search.
- Implement faceted navigation.
- Implement a list of "related" links on every content page.
- Increase the number of items per page to 100 or more.
- Replace pagination with infinite scroll (ensuring that a fair number of items appear without any user interaction, ideally loaded with the page for SEO.)
Once you have those in place, remove your pagination. At the very least prevent search engine bots from indexing it.
See one of my previous posts on this subject.