Support » Plugin: 410 for WordPress » Works, But Google says its not needed

  • I removed this plugin based on help text from Google Webmaster Tools:

    If you have permanently deleted content without intending to replace it with newer, related content, let the old URL return a 404 or 410. Currently Google treats 410s (Gone) the same as 404s (Not found). Returning a code other than 404 or 410 for a non-existent page (or redirecting users to another page, such as the homepage, instead of returning a 404) can be problematic.

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  • Plugin Author Samir Shah


    Nothing in what you’ve quoted above says it’s not needed. It says you should return either a 404 or a 410, but not that one is better than the other. In fact Google engineers have stated previously that using a 410 will ensure old results fall out of their index faster.

    Thread Starter alfadelta


    You have to read Google’s help file, there is for Google no difference in how to response on a 404 or a 410. They even explain not to worry about 404’s. Walk through them and try to fix them is their advice. If you leave the 404’s for what they are, is not a negative impact on SEO.

    • This reply was modified 5 years, 4 months ago by alfadelta.


    Dear Analphabeta Alfadelta,

    404 = temporarily unavailable
    410 = the page is no longer available

    410 http status if you want to convey a message to bots that your “page” won’t come back ever.

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