We made some significant changes to a site—large sections were moved from “mysite.com/nolongerneeded
” to “mysite.com/old.” There are no links to the /old directory, it’s our makeshift backup in case we want to quickly revert (i.e., those aren’t a problem).
Google Site Searches are still returning hits for pages in the /nolongerneeded folder. As expected, following these links leads to a 404 error. Much of the information on the moved pages has been restructured to “mysite.com/newstructure,”
so people will still be using similar search terms and looking for relevant results.
I used SOFTplus GSiteCrawler v1.23 to recrawl the site and regenerate a site map. It lists the new pages. I put the /nolongerneeded folder into its Drop Parts and Ban filters, but the resulting sitemap still has:
The last modification was the bulk move on 4/19—the November 2010 date was the last change to the page contents.
Can I just do a global search on the sitemap and delete all references to /nolongerneeded and resubmit to Google (we have a paid account, if it makes a difference)? Am I missing something straightforward?
I’m awfully sorry for such a basic question, but I’m a bit stuck—and since it seems to take a couple days for updates to propagate, I don’t have the time to go the trial-and-error route.