The 404 or Not Found error message is a HTTP standard response code indicating that the client was able to communicate with the server, but the server could not find what was requested.

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Should I redirect non-existing m.example.com links if they are appearing in Google search results?

I was wondering if it is worth it to redirect non existing m.example.com links that are being displayed in Google, or if it is better to just delete these from Google (if that is possible)?
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Google stores user input from site URL

I use both with URL param and without. For example: http://www.wwwsitus.com/code/googlemap.php http://www.wwwsitus.com/code/?q=reg&foo=verif I then type others (fake param/url) in that url, as ...
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Accidentally made 100 Pages public - can I 404 them and add them back later?

We're running a website and wanted to offer some vouchers to our signed up members, too. At the beginning it should be only a blank page with unvalidated voucher codes from affiliate networks but - as ...
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How to permanently delete a page on your site such that search engines no longer index it?

I have a domain managed with CrownPeak. On this domain I have a page nested deeply within the site: www.example.com/exampleFolder/anotherExampleFolder/lastExample.aspx In my CMS, I've deleted the ...
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How do I fix the crawl errors from Google Search Console where all my URLs end with htmlprint instead of html?

I moved from Blogger to Wordpress. I set my prefered domain to non-www in webmaster tools. I submitted a sitemap. My website is OK when I browse it. Links from other sites to my pages are well ...
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Creating sub-directories in public_html without effecting higher scope files ( index.php )

I have in my Navigation bar: "example.co/index.php (home), example.co/action.php, example.co/car.php /etc". Now I have my games in the "/games/" directory But once I click on a game in /games/ ...
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ncsi.txt requests on our server result in hundreds of 404 errors served daily - Why is this being requested?

Our 404 error report shows that about 300 requests per day are made for /root/ncsi.txt. My understanding is that this file is one way Windows checks for internet connectivity, by checking for this ...
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Google Fetch Returning 404 Pages That Are Tags With A Web Address Added To The End

I have a Wordpress site that I have set up with Google Fetch and I have been getting a bunch of crawl errors and it has started significantly hurting my Google ranking and site traffic even though it ...
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Does linking to dead resources give you a SEO penalty?

I've been wondering about this for a while, but cannot find any articles on it. When your website contains a dead link to a resource that is either not there any more, or was never there to begin ...
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best practice for removed products/pages [duplicate]

I need to remove some discontinued products from a woocommerce site. I'm just wondering what the best practice is for SEO. I guess there are 3 options (or more?): 301 Redirect to product category ...
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Should I 410 old 404 pages? [duplicate]

We've recently migrated an old custom cms site to Umbraco at the same domain. Google Webmaster Tool is reporting 1000s of "Not Found" errors from the old 404 page in the format ...
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Best way to delete high number of pages without negative impact on SEO

I'm working on a travel site. Since the season change and winter is coming, I have to remove old offers from summer. Right now there are about 500 offers that should be removed (better term would be ...
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Bandwidth saturation due to Googlebot search for spam pages

I recently had to update the hosting plan of a WordPress site I run due to bandwidth excess, which was already quite high. I've installed a security plugin that keeps log of 404 errors. From here I ...
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Large number of backlinks that yield 404 and do not show up in webmaster tools

I ran an ahrefs.com report of one of my sites and noticed it has 2.6k backlinks, all with anchor phrases involving prescription pills which is not what the site is focused on. I know that if you get ...
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HTTP status 400 code pages are getting picked up by Google, appropriate solutions?

Recently we received a notice from Google Webmaster Tools stating "Googlebot found an extremely high number of URLs on your site:..." We noticed that several of the sample urls listed included urls ...
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Website restructuring, 301 redirect or complete de-index?

I am managing an e-store site created by another colleague, that was badly created from the start. Because of the structure, pagination and user browser capabilities combined with lack of meta robots ...
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htaccess ErrorDocument 404 not working

I am planning to replace WordPress on my site with custom HTML/CSS/JS, and I'm trying to check my .htaccess file will work. It is working, as I was able to change the directory index with it, but for ...
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Is it better to return a 404 immediately or 301 redirect to a separate 404 response? [duplicate]

Okay, so I understand that it would be better to immediately return a 404 response for a URL which points to content which no longer exists. However, does it affect my site's health if I have a series ...
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How to redirect sub-domain not found? [duplicate]

Suppose my site - example.com had a subdomain - subdomain.example.com which I have deleted. How do I redirect the not found error in PHP or the mod_rewrite (.htaccess)?
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Do I need to fix all 404 in Google Search Console [duplicate]

We are a software manufacturer with a partner based sales model. In Google Search Console, we are regularly receiving numerous 404 errors. We are unsure, if we need to fix all of these: Some are ...
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404 error - page loads fine. OSCommerce - Seperate WP install on blog.

I have looked over other peoples posts but I cant find anything to fix this specific error. On my site, I have 2 CMS - one for the main site which is OS Commerce and I have Wordpress installed on the ...
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After 2 days of 404 errors, Google removed my site from its search results

My site had 404 errors for 2 days because of some provider problems, which they fixed, but now my site isn't showing up in Google Search, but my results were very good for searching for a specific ...
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Can a website meet standards without a single link returning 404 status?

According to woorank.com seo tools, I read that its not best practice for a website to not have a custom 404 error page. But here's why I don't have it on a domain. Currently I and one other person ...
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I can't personalise my error pages — Apache ErrorDocument directive results in additional not found error

I use apache 2.4.10, and I can't use personal error pages. I changed /etc/apache2/conf-available/localized-error-pages.conf and added : ErrorDocument 404 /404.html and created the file ...
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Strange URLs st.aspx and ct.html in Webmaster Tools

Why would Google Webmaster Tools include these strange URLs as URL Errors? I don't have them linked anywhere, and when I click "Linked from" I just get the no-www variants of the same URLs: st.aspx ...
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How to make whole site headers send code 404?

I have a website for testing. I don't want this site to be indexed by search engines. Now pages on the site return 200 OK in headers. How to make the whole site send code 404 in headers, but stay ...
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How can we deal with thin content pages with fluctuating content?

We have identified a large number of pages on our e-commerce site which we are sure will be considered thin content. These pages are categories of products which have "0 products" in them. The issue ...
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.com/ vs .com when hosting a website

I used a free domain hosting service with their extension suffixed to my website. When I tried to look at the site on a browser, I get a 404 error unless I add a / at the end of .com suffix (or) ...
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How to return error 404 on non existent page on WordPress?

My site got hacked last month and a lot of PDFs were added in Google ending in /index.php?voxter.pdf&gpvoq=1&static=1866. I have cleaned the site but now these pages are redirecting to home ...
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404 Error from old hosting site keeps coming up

I previously hosted my website on a free hosting website (http://www.000webhost.com) but today moved it to GitHub for use with their user-page service. After moments, my page was loading from my ...
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My new website gives 404 only when accessed from my home wifi

Ten hours ago I signed up for a HostGator account and uploaded my new website. I also updated my registrar's DNS info to point to HostGator's nameservers. DNS was instantly ok, the domain name ...
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404 outside the scope of ErrorDocument 404 and htaccess

i have an interesting problem, this link: ...
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Redirect from 404 page to homepage after some seconds and SEO impact

I've read a lot about that is bad to redirect 404 page to the homepage (soft 404). But I want to know if it's a good idea to redirect, after some seconds, the user from the 404 page (with the error ...
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Is it OK to give status 404 to unauthorized users?

In recent months I have come across several sites, which give a 404 status/error page, when there should be 403 or maybe 401. For example, I have a private repository on github.com with link: ...
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404 crawl errors in google webmaster tools - odd url's that don't belong to us

If anyone can help, I'd be very grateful! We're getting strange domains coming up in Google webmaster tools. When I look where the links are coming from, it's either: non-existent pages on our ...
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Crawl errors for pdf download links in my website

We are building a local business classified website which has about 6000 unique listingsunder huge number of categories and sub-categories. For each listing there is a details page in which we have ...
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Do many broken internal links impact site quality negatively regarding rankings?

Will a website with a high ratio of broken internal links be considered low quality? Will it therefore not rank well? Does anyone have an official reference confirming this?
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Returning 404 error after using RewriteRule on localhost

I would like to use localhost/projects/project1/page/x instead of localhost/projects/project1/index.php?page=x. But after I had redirected the URL in .htaccess using RewriteRule, it returned my 404 ...
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Deleted pages best practice [duplicate]

I have a large directory with bars, restaurants, clubs etc. in Australia. I currently have 500+ venues indexed in Google with good pagerank. That's great! Sometimes I need to delete a venue because ...
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Google Webmaster Tools reporting non-existent links

GWT is reporting 404 crawl errors on pages that have never been part of the website. For example, it's reporting crawl errors on several non-existent pages such as ...
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Why does my IIS virtual directory serve folders but not files?

I have a network share (say, \\mysite\myshare) being served by an IIS 7.5 virtual directory at (say) http://www.example.com/myshare. From a web browser, I can click & navigate every folder and ...
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How do you make a 404 page for subdomains?

I have a site http://example.com how do you make a 404 page for subdomains that do not exist? e.g if I was to try and visit a-sub-domain-that-does-not-exist.stackexchange.com I get a 404 page.
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IIS 7.5 and 404 error with non-www domain but no subdomain

We keep getting 404s on our domain when it is example.com but not www.example.com. I tried to redirect using the IIS rules with URL Rewrite but it throws an error for www.example.com as well. The ...
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Google webmaster shows 404 errors that do not belong to my website

I have a website and Google webmaster account that shows 404 errors that do not belong belong to my website. For example, I have never had any URL like: ...
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Numbers appended to the end of my URLs cause 404 page not found errors in Google Webmaster Tools

I am keep getting this 404 page not found error on my Google webmaster account. I am using a WordPress website. I checked every broken link but I didn't find where these links are coming from. Here ...
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Google Indexes are getting reduced day by day [closed]

This is what I did, first the site was indexed and we had over 10 lacks indexed entries, but some time later, our site links yields 404 for some of them and indexes were also getting reduced. Later we ...
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Frequently deleting URLs, bad for SEO?

I have a site where it promote offers, which typically have expiration dates. The URLs look like www.mysite.com/some-unique-offer-that-will-expire I want these pages to be indexed by search engines, ...
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Is redirecting to 404 ok for SEO?

There was an old website located at http://domain.com. Then it has been replaced by a new website, with a totally new url configuration, leaving old domain, but switching to https-only. So now all ...
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The requested URL /get.php was not found on this server [closed]

I am having problems with my Wordpress and I don't know why. I haven't modified anything and suddenly, I see this error: What should I do?
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Can't find 404's that are listed

I've been asked to look at the "Not Found" tab in Google Webmaster Tools, to try and eliminate as many of the thousands of 404's not listed. There are several reasons for these, but this post will ...