It’s a bad practice to remove website pages, especially your top traffic pages.
If user comes to your website from Google, and gets a 404 – “Page Not Found” error, it’s bad for you and bad for Google.
Google might penalize your website for removing pages it indexed and presents as useful to its users/customers. Google doesn’t want people to be disappointed, and I bet you don’t want your visitors to be disappointed as well.
- On a Vehicle information website: If multiple pages get consolidated into one, it would make sense to add redirects from the original pages to the new page.
- On a Yoga website: If yoga workshop is over, it would make sense to keep the original page, even if you remove it from the menu on your website.