It’s common when a site is being revamped and rebuilt that new pages will be created and old ones will be left off the new navigation. Information gets combined, refined and updated, so it’s the way of all things cyber. The problem business owners run into, though, is when folks are still looking for the older information and even have links to it, only those pages aren’t there anymore. This creates a problem that the search engines don’t like and that can hurt your site. One of the ways we suggested people dealing with that is through a 301 redirect, which will point them to a page on the new site with the same or similar information. But what happens when the information simply isn’t replicated on any page of the new site? You instruct the spiders not to look for it.
So, of the codes available, a 410 code is better to use than a 404 Code. True or False?
When content can’t be found, a 404 code is usually used. However, when content no longer exists because the site no longer offers it and it’s not duplicated on other page, the 410 code lets the spiders know that the page is permanently removed and gone forever. Some folks consider it to be a last resort, but if you know that the content isn’t coming back, then it’s the way to go.