NicolaLane
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Deleting blog posts the right way!

Hi guys, 



I am trying to go through my blog and purge some old content. I am not sure of the right route to take to do this. I have done a few with a redirect to another post with the same title. I am finding I have a lot of duplicate titles. 


I have been using screaming frog to show me what is missing and what changes to make. Also Neil Patel website audit to help. I wasn't finding much luck with fixing issues and titles and still seeing them as a problem on Neils site. 


I believe to just simply delete is not a good idea! Would love advice, thank you so much


Nicola 

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If you have a page of similar content then yes your fine to 301 the page you no longer need to the new page. 

This mostly matters if you have external links pointing to that page. If there are none then there is no advantage in having the redirect in place. 

If you plan on removing the page and want it gone quickly then you need to return a 410 error code when the page is accessed. This tells google the page has gone and is not coming page. Leaving it as a 404 (page not found) google will keep coming back for months checking if you have put the page back. 

Don't forget though if redirecting or removing a page to also remove any internal links to that page. You cant do a lot about external links but links on your own site should never be redirected or produce an error. This would not signal a well-managed site to Google.

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Thank you! I am mostly trying to get rid of old blog posts. As my work has changed and some of those older posts don't really showcase my better work. As a photographer, I certainly want the best images on my site! Is there a way to tell if they have links? So far I have not seen any linked anywhere. Possibly a couple on google images, though I thought that was due to an image search? With the matching title of the image :) Thanks again :)
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A quick and dirty method to check for links is to put the URL in google search. Make sure you put the address within quotes so "mywebsite.com/123" 

if it returns no listings then you are safe to just delete the page. 

If you want to be 100% sure then you would need to use a backlink tool such as ahref (paid for version) This may be a bit of an overkill for what you're trying to do. 

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Thank you, So, I am a little confused - Would I look up the URL to the blog post and put that in commas? Let me pull up an old blog post, maybe you can show me how I can search it, thank you so much! Here is a title for a post, can you show me what I would type to see if it was safe to delete it? Thank you :) https://nicolalanephotography.com/raleigh-newborn-photographer-28/
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I have not checked this out but your page title is 

Raleigh Newborn Photographer | Raleigh Newborn Photographer | Nicola Lane Photography

And I would imagine that was duplicated around your site. Word press uses the page title when you create the page and it has to be unique. If it's not unique it will add a number on the end, hence 28. I would guess you have made at least 28 pages with the exact same page title.

I am not a big user of word press but I am pretty sure they call this the slug, I believe you can change this to whatever you prefer, however, do bear in mind you are changing the URL so creating a different page by altering it. Any links going to the old URL will now produce a 404 error (page not found).

Changing the page title after the event though will not change the slug so you may look at pages with this number but now the page title does not match but did at the time of creating. 

I am sure some Wordpress expert will come along and give you a better answer but that's why I think you have the number tagged on the end. 

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Thanks, Chedders! I have no idea if that title is on my WordPress or my Yoast??? I certainly don't want to have duplicate titles. Do you have a good title recommendation? This is the simple stuff that I am scared to mess with :/ Thanks again. I need to go into the backsite and take a look. Thank you
Which page title is this, I am looking in wordpress now, under site title it says Raleigh Newborn Photographer | Nicola Lane Photography I am not sure where the Raleigh Newborn Photographer | Raleigh Newborn Photographer | Nicola Lane Photography is coming from?? quite puzzled.. :/
I was looking at the example you gave. https://nicolalanephotography.com/raleigh-newborn-photographer-28/ If you look at the page source on line 4 you will see the following >title>Raleigh Newborn Photographer | Raleigh Newborn Photographer | Nicola Lane Photography>/title> I would expect that is coming from yoast.
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There are no fast options

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Instead of deleting the posts you can update the blog with new data & publish it as an updated version blog. 

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Thank you, Nizam! How would I do this?
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Go to your blog site and go there and go to settings or lay out option and delete your post

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I have heard it is bad to just randomly delete blog posts and to be careful of deleting them. I know how to delete them. I just don't want to delete a post that turns out to be giving me helpful SEO...
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You ROCK.. Thank you! So I would know this post was okay to delete? Why do the posts have "28" or another number after them? Just curious because I don't name them that way, LOL. I see many photographers who don't even have a blog and they still are able to make it with ranking for SEO.. HOWWWWWWWWWWWW?????? I always thought my blog was pretty essential to my website. Thanks again so much :) Nicola
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You can 301 redirect your old work to an existing work that matches your best work now or you can create new content on that page. But since you are saying that you have uploaded those images to several so it would be a good idea to update the existing content on your page and make another one. 

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