I started my ChristianGays.com website in 2000. By 2015 it had over 8,000 pages. I decided to rebuild the site as a WordPress site so I deleted the old site and started from scratch.
I assumed that once the old pages were gone, that Google & Bing would no longer see them in a search. I was wrong. I keep getting 500 errors for pages not found.
Obviously I can’t go through the 8000 pages individually. Is there a way to stop Bing and Google from searching for the pages from my old site?
I have new sitemaps but other than that, I don’t know the best way of handling these errors. Would appreciate advice.