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I have about 200 URLs that have been permanently removed. I'm currently using this code to redirect these links to a Not Found page. Notice the URLs contain query strings.
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} Screen=PROD&Store_Code=1212&Product_Code=pumpkin_complexion_bar&Category_Code=facial_soap$
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.soapforgoodnesssake.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=NTFD&Store_Code=1212 [R=301,L]

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How do I write a rule that redirects to the Not Found page but tells Google that the URL has been permanently removed.
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Question by:Gary Samuels
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by:Gary
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Change the error code to 410, that's all you need. Google should eventually remove it from the index
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by:Gary Samuels
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I've tried that but it does not redirect to the Not Found page. Instead I get a screen that says,

Gone

The requested resource
/mm5/merchant.mvc
is no longer available on this server and there is no forwarding address. Please remove all references to this resource.
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RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} Screen=PROD&Store_Code=1212&Product_Code=pumpkin_complexion_bar&Category_Code=facial_soap$
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=NTFD&Store_Code=1212 [R=410,L]

ErrorDocument 410 /mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=NTFD&Store_Code=1212
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