Please tell me if you can how I might better handle the next instance of a need to re-post without distressing my subscribers to the degree I must have this time. In all I had two date changes to the original post before I deleted it, then later republished it. That's a total of four permalinks, possibly all picked up by Google, for a single post which no long exists. I'll try to explain:
The permalink to the post http://songbook1.wordpress.com/2012/02/18/i-dont-like-that-face-you-wear-first-song-recorded-by-williams-walker-1901/, was later modified with date changes to the 19th and 20th of February. After I expanded the original content and created a new post, I removed the content from this post and left a short message with a link to the new one.
This sort of thing happens from time to time and I've yet to work out a satisfactory way of dealing with it. Ideally I would like to send an email to all subscribers explaining the removal or one post in favor of an expanded or heavily revised version of it. Why not change the content and modify the permalink? I did that at first, but nobody was coming. Creating a new post appeared to be the best option with regard to notifying subscribers of the revisions.
Today, I republished one of the original versions, date modified from 20 to 19 February, because someone had tried to find that version of it today and received a 404 error. I didn't realize that this would be a new post, and sent to all my subscribers. I almost immediately deleted it, but not before it got on my daily top posts list.
Why is a deleted post in the top posts list? It's not even in my site stats, but shows up in the sidebar as the eleventh most popular post. I'm going to reduce the number of displayed items to ten but this might not get rid of it as I expect more subscribers will probably try to visit it.
Another issue regarding this deleted post. If I click on it I don't got the 404 error you'd expect. Instead it hangs in loading mode for several seconds before timing out with the message "The page isn't redirecting properly." This last might be a browser issue.
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