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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Why is Googlebot calling an AJAX method with GET rather than POST?

I have an AJAX call on my site that does a POST and returns data. Googlebot is crawling these URLs but it is attempting to use a GET method rather than a POST. This is causing hundreds of 404 error ...
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Google bot hits on files 'apple-app-site-association' and 'assetlinks.json' showing up in Google Webmasters as pages with errors

I've seen a number of posts on this but none really answer the question of why Google Bots specifically are trying to access the following on ALL of my sites, every single one of them... /.well-known/...
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GWT finds non-existent urls and says they come from whitin

On our website, Google Analytics says the page http://www.example.com/culturel/index.php exists. But it doesn't and we return a 404 (visually and as a HTTP response). The correct page is: http://www....
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Should I redirect all strange URLs in Google Webmaster Tools?

Sometimes strange URLs pop up in Google Webmaster Tools. URLs that I know no one link to, like: http://example.com/apple-app-site-association My site is not about apple, apps or site association. I ...
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What to do with unwanted URLs that link to my website?

A few days ago, my site was affected by malware. There were lot of URLs that linked to my site and the malware used to redirect to some place. I have gotten rid of all the malware, but still there are ...
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Google message about 404 errors, should I be worried?

I realize this is a topic which has been discussed to infinity, and there are some great posts to be found on here regarding 404 problems. I read this post, and while very informative it did not ...
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Removing Forum & Forum Pages From Site

I added a forum on my website which I had high hopes for, however, it is clear that those hopes are unfortunately not going to develop. I received 100'000+ visitors last month (humblebrag) with only ...
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404's from nonexistent URL

I've been having some indexing issues that I've had a development team working on trying to fix for a week but no progress has been made. The site has an overwhelming amount of 404 errors as ...
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Google sitelinks not getting generated

Even though our website is indexed by google, sitelinks are not getting generated. It's been almost 2 years now and still not sitelinks. Google webmaster tools has a lot of 404 errors. Are these 404 ...
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Request for an existing file causes 404 error

A customer cannot access a file that I put online for him, or the folder that it is in. Requests for both the folder (/bastide) and the file (/bastide/coupon%20d'engagement.pdf) return 404 errors. I ...
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Search Console Fetch Not Found and Redirect

When fetching a URL in Search Console i get 3 results; success, redirect and not found. Can I ignore the redirect warnings or is Google telling me there is a problem? The not found pages; I can not ...
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WordPress creating URLs which are not found

For each post or page I create, WordPress creates URLLs like this: about-us/timcoetzee about-us/thesportingfreak@gmail.com contact-us/@sportingfreak sa-might-never-host-major-sports-tournament/...
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I get 404 error in google webmaster from unknown php page

In my wallpaper website that i code myself in php.There i get 404 error in google crawling.These errors are from unknow page like details.php?image_id=121&sessionid=...
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Pages accessed ending in /mobile

Since April 16th I've been getting alerts regarding a high number of 404s to pages that do exist on our website, but with /mobile appended. For example: www.mysite.com/some-page/mobile There appears ...
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Unknown files appearing in my website 404 error page list without a referring URL

I've been seeing lots of entries in my 404 error page lists in my shared hosting account, which are attempts to hit sub URLs on my 'static' website, such as (usually with no referring URL): /\xef\xbf\...
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404s due to [GPT_URL] at the end of URL

I get a lot of 404s on several of my wordpress posts. All the 404 links have [GPT_URL] at the end. Examples: www.example.com/post-1/[GPT-URL] www.example.com/post-2/[GPT-URL] www.example.com/post-3/...
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Looking for explanation of Apache behavior on manipulating headers

Tried to get an answer at ServerFault - they don't know, all real gurus are sitting here. The background of the issue: Googlebot creates non-existing URLs and tries to crawl them. On some URLs Apache ...
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Does it matter if a site lives in a subdirectory instead of the root folder?

We built a (wordpress) site at the root directory of www.website.com, and then another company built a new version of the site at www.website.com/dev . While they were building it they accidentally ...
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What drops faster from the google index? A page that 301 redirects to another one or one that gives a 404 error?

What kind of page drops faster from Google's index? One that is 301 redirected to another page or one that gives a 404 status? In regards to the first option I would expect the new page to take the ...
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Google Webmaster finding url with redirects

I have been scratching my head about this for months, we have about 100 Not found links with 404 response codes. The response code is correct as these pages do no exist anymore, however the thing ...
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Why is a map page reported as a “soft 404” in Google Search Console?

I'm trying to debug Soft 404 errors in Search Console. The Soft 404's keep appearing. If I try to "Fetch as Google" it seems like they returns a valid response. HTTP/1.1 200 OK Server: TornadoServer/...
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Googlebots request types

Does Google's bot send HEAD requests as well as GET requests? I wondering about this because I'm running a Tornado application that does not support HEAD request and I have a lot of 404 errors in ...
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Accidentally submitted broken URLs in a sitemap. How can I stop Google crawling them?

We recently added a sitemap to our site but didn't exclude unpublished items (which, unless you're logged in as an admin, will 404). Google started trying to crawl them and as a result, we saw a huge ...
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Dead URLs from old CMS showing up in SERP. Wordpress not serving 404 when old links are accessed = old URLs won't die

Dead URLs from the previous CMS on this domain is displayed in SERP, most likely due to people still trying to access them through bookmarks or browser history. This traffic is picked up by Google ...
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Getting a 404 error after configuring a CNAME alias for a subdomain

So I'm using hostinger and a freedns service from afraid.org, but I can't figure how to make correct CNAME setting. I want to point a subdomain I have created in freedns to my hostinger link of my ...
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How to tell Googlebot to crawl just URLs ending in .html

I have a big problem in Google Webmaster Tools. The number of 404 pages in the error report increases so fast that now I have over 1000. When I check for errors, I see that for every page Googlebot ...
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Soft 404, Fetch and Render showing js bundle temporarily unreachable

We recently launched a new page to our site. Previously our whole site has been in classic asp and this page is an angular SPA with asp.net on the backend. Since the launch of the new page our amount ...
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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 with,...
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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 error/404?...
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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 ...