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[resolved] Permalinks and SEO (4 posts)

  1. BigBuffalo99
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hello,

    This is one of those questions that it's hard to know where to post it. But here's the dilemma. We have on this site, umotivateu.com, set permalinks to Post Link and we are using the plugins, Google Analytics for WordPress and All In One SEO. We also changed/edited some permalinks for Pages on the site.

    Now here's the problem. When you do a Google Search for site:umotivateu.com you come up with lots of pages like umotivateu.com/?p=750 and when you click on these pages you get the custom 404 for the site. I have tried redirecting some of these pages using .htaccess but to no avail. The only thing I can think of to do is request removal using Google Webmaster Tools. But there are a great many of them and I was wondering if there is more efficient way to get Google to stop indexing these url's.

    Thanks,

    Mark

  2. curlybracket
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    The question is how Google came to index these URLs.

    Did this page exist? If it did, but does not anymore, the way to go would indeed be to request removal.

    You could also add a RedirectPermanent rule to your htaccess file for all old URLs and redirect them to the new content. This would probably be the more elegant solution.

    As for stopping Google to index these URLs i suggest finding out if any of your plugins submits these faulty URLs.

    Or did you yourself modify the permalink structure recently ? But even in this case, you should not get a 404 error though, because WordPress is pretty intelligent and able to redirect to the page if it still exists.

  3. BigBuffalo99
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thanks, curlybracket.

    I think the case would be that these pages used to exist but don't any longer. Fortunately most of them have page titles so redirecting in the .htaccess file seems, as you say, to be the more elegant solution. If there are any references that site:umotivateu.com still comes up with that can't be redirected then I'll ask Google to remove them.

    And it's true that certain individual pages had their permalinks changed which is the work of a partner who didn't realize that WP does a pretty good job of creating SEF URL's. Anyhow, that sounds like the solution and I thank you.

    Mark

  4. curlybracket
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    You're welcome :)

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