Questions tagged [410-gone]

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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Should I always use 410 instead of 404?

A 410 HTTP header means the deleted content is gone forever. When I remove a page from my website, I never put it back and it is gone forever. I want Google to index nothing other than the existing ...
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htaccess for redirects and gone 410

I am facing a problem. THE Problem is that in google search there some spam links that are of type HTTP and I would like to return 410 for those urls that actually do not exist. but for people who ...
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Will lots of thin content pages affect the ranking of the main pages which are not thin content, and should I delete them? And how to do that safely?

I have a plan to delete many thin content pages (more than 8000-10000 pages) from my websites. These pages created automatically by WordPress system, they are ATTACHMENT PAGES automatically created ...
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.htaccess redirect to "410 Gone" status for URLs containg one letter + word "shop" after domain

After I recovered Drupal 7 site from malware attack I end up with lot of links pointing to (previously) spam content like this: https://www.example.com/lshop/puma-rihanna-c-449/?zenid=...
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Why does Googlebot keep coming back to recrawl pages that have been returning 410 for a long time?

It was early 2018, almost two years ago, when I retired a bunch of pages from my site that were no longer needed/relevant/maintained/etc. I did that by returning a 410-Gone HTTP status. To my surprise,...
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Removing Some Content from website by giving 410 status code

I have some content to be permanently deleted from my website. This is a permanent deletion and I am planning to give 410 status code. I can very well return the status code in PHP page as header( "...
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Need 410 error code for htaccess on Joomla site for a limited number of pages

I have a Joomla 3.9.13 site, using Gantry 5.4.31. I have a limited number of articles I want to remove from my site, and instead of returning a 404 error I want to return a 410 error. I am not a ...
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Is it good to put X-Robots-Tag for 410 pages which are still in Google's Index?

Google is still indexing 410 pages which was implemented 2-3 month ago. These pages should have gone away at this time. So, Should it be logical to implement X-Robots-Tag: Noindex,Noarchive while ...
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Rewrite rule to give 410 Gone for a specific URL doesn't work

I'm French. A week ago, my website was hacked with the old version (http). The hack created 404 spams and I want to ensure they have "410 Gone" status. My problem on the site is: https://www.example....
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Return 410 gone status code for URLs containing same characters in .htaccess

My website was hit by the pharma spam attack which created hundreds of URLs, all of which contain the last 5 characters -1234.pdf. So that Google and other search engines will remove these quicker, ...
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How do I show "410 Gone" status for old product pages with ?product query string from a Netlify _redirects file?

I'm having problems removing old content from Google search results. One of the suggestions was to redirect the old pages to 410 error page so google would know to drop these pages.The original ...
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htaccess 410 url spam hack requests excluding site generated request

Our site was hacked and links to random content where added to the site. We completely removed the hacked site and put a new one in its place. Everything new including images and content, no other ...
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How to show 410 Gone status for subdomains that are already been deleted

I bought an auctioned domain to build my new project, from my analysis with Ahrefs, people that were behind this domain had a subdomain called "forum" for their forum, and somehow they didn't know how ...
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What to do with non exist page? 404 vs 410 vs deindex such type of url

Currently, in webmaster search console tool, we have some errors in NotFound for which page currently does not exist on our site and there is no 'Linked from' option for this type of URL.(this type of ...
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Return 410 Gone status for all .html files except a single one?

I bet there's at least one trivial solution to this problem, but I've yet to figure any of them out. In a nutshell, what I'm trying to achieve is, informing the search engines that there are no more ....
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410 or 404 or 301 for SEO for old pages after changing URLs in a site update?

Our site have around 2.1M pages indexed at Google. We made a change to the URL for the indexed pages, for managing international changes, that reflects change in almost all indexed pages. When the new ...
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Is there any way to use HTTP 410 Gone on Google Blogger blogs?

I want to ask about HTTP 410 Gone if I can use it on Blogger Blogspot. As we know by default the wrong URL returned to 404 Not Found, but I want to remove some old blog posts and I want to return them ...
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How do 404/410 responses for old JS files affect SEO?

I use Autoptimize (AO) for pagespeed optimization. Everything is good on that front, but I notice that I often get 404 pages in my logs, typically from Google and other bots (I assume), trying to ...
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Send "410 Gone" response for URLs that are a "c" or "g" followed by digits

Is there anything i can use in my htaccess to send 410 code to all the links but not some links ? Example: I would like to 410 this urls (List is about 40k links) www.example.com/c1 www.example.com/...
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How do I create 410 errors for no longer existing pages on my PHP website?

My website had some URLs automatically added to it by WordPress. They got indexed in Google. Now I want those URLs to show as "410 Gone". For example: /contact/ /about-us/ These pages are not on ...
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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 HTTP/...
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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 fail,...
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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 ...
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