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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.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 ...
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Fixed Canonical Link 404's not purging

I've been asked to look at our Google Webmaster Tools to fix the "Not Found" links contained within. The first 404 problem I identified was that due to our WordPress multi-site environment, the ...
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What is the proper way to indicate that my site doesn't have an RSS feed?

I have a website that is showing that there are attempts to access /rss in my server logs, but we don't have an RSS feed. What is the best way to show that there is no RSS feed for my site? Should I ...
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How to redirect URLs with percent encoded characters and query strings?

I have these URLs: http://www.example.com/example.html%20text-decoration:%20none%E2%80%9D%3Eexample.com%3C%20%3C/i%3E%3C/span%3E%3Cbr%3E%3Cbr%3E%3Cbr%3E%3Ctable%20bgcolor= ...
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Help with 404 errors for …/0 requests

We're seeing lots of 404 errors for requests that end in "/0" with our own pages as the referrer. Seems to be lots of different browsers & repeat requests per page. Can't find the cause - it's not ...
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What is the proper response header when an address is not available but its parent is available and is displayed?

My website addresses has a hierarchy structure. When one page is requested, and it is not a valid address, it tries to find its parent, and if the later exists, it will show it. Now, my question is ...
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Crawler errors for unused URLs containing “mozekcdn-a.akamaihd.net”

In the AdSense dashboard, Google is reporting crawl errors for unexpected URLs. It shows that Google crawler was unable to access some of my 87 pages. When I checked those pages I found that I haven't ...
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Where Did this 404 Error Come From?

I was looking in Google Webmaster Tools and it said I had the following 404 error: Page Response Code Date Detected lglegl.html 404 11/27/14 The site is for a lawyer ...
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How to fix Adsense error: “Our crawler was unable to access the pages” when those pages had been removed and are 404 not found?

I have a website and we recently changed content management systems. With the new system came new URLs/hierarchy. Google Webmaster Tools doesn't have any issues with the site and I get no crawler ...
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What could be causing heavy bursts of traffic from single IP address to old inactive URL

Looking at Google Analytics recently I noticed a strange phenomenon. For the past few weeks I had 3 unique users making 600 requests for an URL that is not being used anymore. I investigated further ...
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When redirecting HTTP traffic to HTTPS, is it OK to redirect non-existant pages to a 404 error?

We've recently converted several of our websites to require HTTPS on all pages. HSTS headers have been set and rules added into Apache to 301 redirect all traffic from HTTP to HTTPS. However, similar ...
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Why is Google Webmaster Tools marking empty pages as Soft 404s?

I have a set of pages in user profiles which, depending on the user's actions, may or may not have any information on it. It's essentially a feed of the user's comments. Some users add comments, some ...
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Apache 404 Issue after upgrading from Mavericks to Yosemites

Good afternoon fellow StachExachangers, Background story: I have recently upgraded my macbook pro from Mavericks to Yosemites, everything went well except my local development environment got ...
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What defines a permenant redirect?

I'm a little confused between a 301 redirect, the javascript meta http-equiv="refresh approach and lastly using a 404 which can work out where you wanted to get to and then forward you on. I can see ...
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Google Detecting 404 Error when there is not one [duplicate]

I use a javscript slider called LayerSlider. In Google Webmaster tools it is telling me I have a 404 error with the following link: http://www.example.com/js/layerslider-5/skins/. It says that my home ...
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Should I 301 permanent redirect to my custom 404 page?

I'm trying to figure out the correct way to send visitors to a custom 404 page when they hit a page that doesn't exist. Is issuing a 301 redirect to the custom 404 page the recommended method?
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Webmaster tools give 404 error on good crawlable pages

I have seen that Webmaster tools is giving back a 404 error for the urls which are perfectly fine, like these ones: http://www.peliculas21.com/adam-sandler/ ...
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When Google gives up recrawling 301 that led to 404?

I've transferred a domain and made a mistake in the redirects (the URL structure is identical). Even though they went to the new domain, the error caused a 404 when crawled by Google bot. 10 days ...
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301 redirect to 404 page or set status code to 404 and stay on page?

I have a number of pages on my website that only administrators can access and access to these pages is given if a querystring value if found and correctly set. For example: ...
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Do I still need a favicon in the webroot when an alternate location has already been provided?

While looking through the access log of my webserver, I notice a few favicon requests that shows 404 error: 16:17:28 GET /folder/abc.jpg 200 http://example.com/ Mozilla... Firefox/31.0 16:17:28 GET ...
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Statically mapping a PHP script to another script using an .htaccess file results in 404 errors

After having read a lot of posts on the topic of URL rewriting, I still remain stuck with 404 status errors. My goal: A 'static' rewrite of URLs, as follows (user clicks or enters the one ...
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Did I use the proper way to remove pages from Google Webmaster Tools forever?

I have many pages from one year ago that were deleted and are returning a 404 error code, but two week ago after I cleared the content of my robots.txt, the errors in my Google Webmaster Tools reports ...
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How do I know whether a URL returns an HTTP 404 status code?

For any given URL, how can I (dis)confirm whether it returns an HTTP 404 status code? I found this tool but isn't there a cleaner, more natural way to find out, independently of other people's tools? ...
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How do I prevent access to SPAM URLs and remove them from Google's index?

When I started managing my friends' website, I had found a folder in it with a bunch of garbage HTML files with names such as: free-nasscamd-server-31day, gorilla-quentin-trollip-pdf, etc... Assuming ...
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Can I block requests that have no user agent because they cause 404 errors?

Is it OK to block requests that contain no user agent? I am getting random 404 errors on URLs I have never used. These requests have no user agent. If this is the case, will it affect any of my ...
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Is it possible for a website to determine whether the user is browsing through a transparent proxy? [closed]

I'm currently browsing through a local transparent proxy. I'm receiving 404 responses from a couple of web hosts, although the proxy works perfectly with everything else; I was wondering whether it ...
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Error Log shows nosy visitors trying to access various admin pages

After experiencing a very high amount of hits on my 404 page, I've started monitoring my website's Error Log. There I've found that through-out the day, there are several attempts at accessing admin ...
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Will the already indexed URLs be removed if I use a robots.txt for my site?

Many URLs from my site have been added to Google's index, but a lot of them are outdated and they will never result in a 404 error and take the user to my site's homepage. I have submitted a new ...