Dumb SEO Questions

(Entry was posted by Dante J Funari on this post in the Dumb SEO Questions community on Facebook, Thursday, July 19, 2018).

What to do with links that no longer exist?

Redoing a clients site. In terms of the links that will no longer exist upon the new site launch, what is the best practice so that their SEO is not negatively impacted?

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Selected answers from the Dumb SEO Questions G+ community.

  • Scott Clark: Which links are you talking about - internal links or links to the site from elsewhere?
  • Dante J Funari: Internal links throughout the site. I know 301 redirects are preferred. Just wondering is it best handled via a plugin, changes to a specific file, etc etc.
  • Dave Elliott: 301 redirect to a relevant page. If internal also update them within your content
  • Michael Martinez: For WordPress sites I prefer to handle internal redirects via a plugin, especially if there are a large number of them. For one thing, you`re far less likely to cause a catastrophic error if you mistype a redirect in a plugin`s matrix. Modifying server configuration files is not a task that should be routinely performed, especially by people who don`t know what to do if they make an error.
  • Dan Sylvester: https://wordpress.org/plugins/redirection/This is what i use. works great with regex has bulk redirects with logs and groups.Just make sure you 301 to a relevant page.
  • David Ogletree: Why not keep the old internal links
  • Benjamin James Barker: 301 redirect everything to the new equivelent page. I`d also suggest changing the internal links to the new URLS as lots of internal 301 redirects aren`t ideal

View original question in the Dumb SEO Questions community on Facebook, Thursday, July 19, 2018).

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