Got a bit of a question about past events.
@tom.flather has a performance that was advertising a free event that got scrapped and replaced with a paid one… but due to all the effort we put into making all the pages nice and SEO friendly, the original page
- Was indexed by Google
- Still shows up in search results.
Now, it’s a deliberate feature that even if a folders is deactivated and archived, if you go directly to the URL, you still get a result instead of a 404. Because I thought that showing that a performance HAD existed, even if it’s not longer on sale. I find it really annoying that when I try to look up e.g. arrival details of a train THAT I AM ON, I can’t find it on the train line site because it departed in the past.
But in this case it’s annoying because the page says that something is free which is no longer free and is likely to confuse the punters.
I’ve been doing some reading:
and I think that the correct approach would be to serve an HTTP 410 “Gone” status when the Archive flag is set on a folder. This immediately de-lists the content from the search engine. I think I can return all the normal text (so it doesn’t show an an error) whilst at the same time telling Google that it’s 410 Gone.
Does anyone want a configurable option to NOT do that?
- I want to be able to archive folders and still have the public find them on Google and still NOT serve an HTTP 410 status error on them
- I don’t care, do what’s easiest for you