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Removing "Topic not found" pages

  1. Hallo

    Apologies for this question - I've tried to search the forums & web for it, but given the subject, I get bogged down in errata.. :/

    So, I have a forum, and I get a lot of spam. I delete the spam posts, but it leaves with stub pages that say simply "Topic not found. Back to <My Forum>."

    How do I get rid of these stub pages? It's making Google complain about having too many 'soft 404s' which I can't really argue with.

    Is there a way to:
    a) delete those pages, and
    2) stop them appearing in the first place?

    Many thanks,

    laptopgrrl

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  3. Is there a way to:
    a) delete those pages, and
    2) stop them appearing in the first place?

    No and yes.
    By default your blogs page displays all your posts and you have not published any posts. The 404 (page not found) error message on that page of your blog appeared because you deleted the placeholder Hello World post. http://en.support.wordpress.com/not-found/ As soon as you publish a post, not a page it will disappear. http://en.support.wordpress.com/post-vs-page/

    Every time you delete a post or page you create a 404 (page not found) and no you cannot delete the error message. More info here > http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2011/08/05/avoid-creating-404-pages/

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