Let's say I have a category called 'featured' and a couple of posts in that category. If I go to the link abcd.com/featured it will list out all the posts under that category. How do I completely remove that URL so the abcd.com/featured shows an error and doesn't show up in search engines at all? I am willing to go with redirection tothe main page (if such redirection won't hurt SEO).
I am able to conditionally add a meta robots tag to the category and the posts assigned to it, but how do I make the category not display at all?
Thanks for helping!