Is page rank value of old URLs lost when 'Not Found' Crawl Errors are removed naturally by Google?
My site's URL (web address) is: www.ftadviser.com
Description (including timeline of any changes made):
Apols up front as I am not a techy.
Relaunched 7th Oct 2011, shortly after we had 55k not founds listed in webmaster tools, where old indexed urls were no longer linking to the right content. We now have 13k. After doing some research, we will be implementing a canonical url fix asap.
Crawl errors are down from 55k to 13k, but i think this is a natural drop off that happens when Google tries and fails to access content for a certain period.
My question then: The URLs that were getting the 404s (the 55k), when they drop off this 'Not Found' list in webmaster tools/crawl errors, does that mean that any value built up for those URLs is now irretrievably lost?
Thanks in advance.2011-12-09
When I say value, I mean 'search value' - 'page rank value'
As for the original issue, I would consider redirecting as the others said (Thanks!) to the pages that are now contain content. It's much more user friendly and it's also better for your site in overal.
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