I've just had my client's old site revamped and converted to wordpress and some of its pages are no longer available. I installed WP SEO and to my surprise, 404 Errors piled up my logs.
I saw google was crawling to those pages that are now removed and so Google was lockedout. I cleared the lockout now but what will be the best way to handle those pages?
I also installed a 404 redirect but do I have to redirect those pages (that google crawled and is not there anymore) so that it won't go to a 404 page? I redirected those pages that has .html in it like:
/services.html -> /services/
/about.html - > /about/
But in my logs, those news pages and those pagination links are also being crawled by google.
What's the best thing to do?