1

I want to permanently delete some pages in my site using 410 status. I'm not sure of correct syntax of removing pages using 410.

I've found one syntax and I've a page( duplicate product page content) to remove : http://www.creditcardpaymentgateways.in/indiapay-payment-gateway-frequently-asked-questionsfaq.html

so will this syntax do?

RewriteRule ^indiapay-payment-gateway-frequently-asked-questionsfaq.html$ - [G,L] 

In my site I have a couple of duplicate product pages which I want to remove as my site is getting penalized.

2 Answers 2

1

Your rewrite rule is fine for the page that's been deleted. It will return a 410 error for that page only.

If there's a good reason to keep any of the duplicate pages, you can use a canonical link tag in the head of the duplicate page, containing the preferred URL you want Google to use when indexing those pages. e.g.:

<link rel="canonical" href="http://www.yoursite.in/payment.html" />

5
  • If I keep them using this technique suggested by you( rel=canonical) are your sure there won't be any duplicate content penalty for it?
    – AgA
    Commented Jul 13, 2011 at 8:58
  • 2
    @John No. Indicating the preferred URL for essentially-identical pages is the entire purpose of rel-canonical.
    – Su'
    Commented Jul 13, 2011 at 9:29
  • @John Google explains clearly how duplicate content works here. If you're duplicating content innocently, and doing your best to tidy it/point crawlers to the canonical page, you shouldn't be penalised for it.
    – Nick
    Commented Jul 13, 2011 at 9:29
  • Nick I want your suggestion for the comment below from Kevin.
    – AgA
    Commented Jul 14, 2011 at 6:55
  • @John Kevin's advice is great (+1 from me). Use canonical links when the two similar pages are unique enough to be worth keeping. 301 redirect dupes that are very similar. 410 pages that don't have a duplicate to redirect to.
    – Nick
    Commented Jul 14, 2011 at 7:15
1

If you have a duplicate page which you have no reason to keep, you should not 410 it, nor leave it up, but instead use a 301 (Moved Permanently) redirect to the other copy. In this way, any links or bookmarks to the removed page will not be broken.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.