View Full Version : 404 Penalty?

25 Sep 2008, 10:12 PM
I have a site with many pages that are regularly updated. Sometimes a page needs to be replaced with new content because the old content expired. The title, content and URL all need to change. Because there are so many new pages being added, the 301 redirects would really pile-up.

I have an XML sitemap that is updated every time new content is added or replaced. There aren't any internal links with 404 errors and it doesn't make sense to leave expired content live, but I also don't want to cause a penalty by removing pages that are no longer valid. Would having regular 404 errors from expired pages that have been removed cause a penalty with Google for the pagerank on the site?

David Bowley
26 Sep 2008, 08:34 AM
I'm not sure if there would be a penalty, but why remove content that can get spidered by Google and then be used to bring in more traffic?