I work in a project where the client has a blog and different guides built during the last 9 years. So there are thousands of articles. There are a lot of backlinks in online news articles and so on. The client is a leader in what they do and well known/cited.
There was a decision to move whole paths (~100) to other paths. Something like this:
What I understand:
To keep the trust, I need a valid URL pointing to the resource, even if it was linked 8years ago and may have no recent clicks. This must be either a 200 or 301.
Add 301-redirects in the apache.conf to cover all the path changes. This is already around thousand+ links and will continue to grow. (I am aware that with regex this will be a lot less, in terms of lines).
Is there a way I can make housekeeping of these links easier, like remove old links without loosing trust? My naive view is, that a link that has not been clicked the last 2 years, has no more value. How should this be handled? Do I just add thousands of links after every relaunch to the apache.conf?