301 redirects to home page bad for SEO?

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I have many dead post, thread and forum links (I remove them and the link return 404) that have a ton of SEO juice so I am 301 redirecting them all to my home page? Is this something bad for SEO?
 

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I have many dead post, thread and forum links (I remove them and the link return 404) that have a ton of SEO juice so I am 301 redirecting them all to my home page? Is this something bad for SEO?
No problem you can do that without affecting SEO, I did it on my websites and didn't get any problems. :)
 

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I had pretty bad experience in the past with 301 redirecting one site to another and it looks like I haven't learned my lesson YET. Have to just leave deal link to return 404 as it should be and as Google advices.
 

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Yes! You can redirect the 404 pages to your home page. It will won't effect your rankings and SEO.
 

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I have many dead post, thread and forum links (I remove them and the link return 404) that have a ton of SEO juice so I am 301 redirecting them all to my home page? Is this something bad for SEO?
You won't get any link juice from forum links. No point in 301 redirecting them
 

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My 404 error page looks has my website header and footer so many will probably continue checking the rest of the site!

I read a post where Google says that it wants us to leave the pages to return 404 and simply ignore the 404 error report in the webmaster tools account and that's what I am intending to to. I was redirecting all 404s to homepage for months and it felt like there was something keeping me from going up in rankings let see what happens now!
Thanks
 

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I did the same thing when I removed my forum. I setup a 301 redirect of all of my forum threads to my home page. That way I didn't lose any visitor. It did not affect my ranking in negative way.
 

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When you create a 301 Redirect, you want to make sure the user has a great experience. For example if a page that was a 404 is a specific page about "hockey equipment" and your homepage is about "goalie equipment". This won't be a great experience for the user.

So when redirecting make sure it is the most relevant page on your website.
 

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A better approach would be to use robots.txt to deindex all of the pages that no longer exist instead of redirecting.
 

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Excellent! I have a new solution from your idea. I often used redirecting method (301 with htaccess) but it's right when some pages we couldn't use redirection then go with robots.txt
 

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I have to disagree with this statement. If a page is a 404 and a user lands on this page not found they will bounce right off this page. If the 404 page has any link juice, this will be lost and forgotten without a 301 redirect.
 
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