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(Entry was posted by Andrés Osorio on this post in the Dumb SEO Questions community on Facebook, Thursday, March 22, 2018).

Some of the pages are returning `page not found` errors

Happy Sunday everyone,

A bunch of pages that I feel are little to no help at all for a user are getting indexed by Google.

Some of the pages are returning `page not found` errors and others are actually pages on the site that no one would of ever found by naturally landing and navigating the site.

Am I correct that these pages could have more of negative affect on a site? What should be my approach to dealing with these types of pages?

I`ve heard someone refer to them as `bloat template pages" in a video I`ve seen before. Thanks in advance!

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Selected answers from the Dumb SEO Questions G+ community.

  • Michael Martinez: It`s doubtful these pages would have a negative effect. Negative in what way? Bing and Google don`t punish sites for publishing content. If they are being found, however, then the search engines are following links to them. You could block the pages in "robots.txt". But before you do anything, you should determine if people ARE landing on them from search. If so, where do they go from there? Don`t make assumptions. Get the data and then decide what to do.
  • Stockbridge Truslow: I would say that the testimonials archives and individual testimonials are likely useless. That can vary too. If they have star ratings and they are tied into a service page, then you have to work it a bit differently. Author pages are potentially useless, though if you have a specific user tied into their G+, Facebook, and other accounts, then indexing that author could be useful. It depends if that author has any real authority factor (or if you`re trying to establish authority/credibility for them), I suppose. If it is an author with some authority and it`s a republication or whatever - it`s probably not that useful either. Author pages are a bit tricky to handle. They can help, but they need to be done right to do so. Blog Category Archive pages, I`d DEFINITELY leave in the index. They give context to the article based upon subject.

View original question in the Dumb SEO Questions community on Facebook, Thursday, March 22, 2018).

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