4
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1answer
80 views

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 ...
2
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3answers
74 views

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Many URLs from my site have been added to Google's index, but a lot of them are outdated and they will never result in a 404 error and take the user to my site's homepage.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 ...
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0answers
11 views

Moving commerce products from one domain to another [duplicate]

I'm the developer for a small online webstore - surfhq.co.uk. We've just moved a subsection of products (the bodyboarding products), off surfhq.co.uk on to bodyboardhq.co.uk to sell them there ...
0
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0answers
31 views

Will moving some ecommerce products from one domain to another with redirects cause SEO penalties? [duplicate]

I'm the developer for a small online webstore. We've just moved a subsection of products (the bodyboarding products), off surfhq.co.uk on to bodyboardhq.co.uk to sell them there instead. We didn't ...
1
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1answer
79 views

My Server is returning a 404 instead of 403 when access if forbidden - is it good or bad?

via .htaccess, I forbid access to folders that have no index page inside (domain.com/images for example), and also block my site completely for several user-agents (such as wget). When I test to see ...
1
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1answer
40 views

Will 404 pages hurt website page ranking? [duplicate]

I have an online marketplace platform. Because of adding new products/services, I had to update my links to match the new list. Earlier, Google has indexed most of my pages. Now with the new links ...
2
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1answer
117 views

Single page website. Redirect to home page if 404 error

I have singe page website. So I have just only single page - home page. If some one types www.mysite.com/anything into their address bar and I redirect to home page is this bad for SEO? It is ...
5
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3answers
214 views

Is it ok to 301 redirect deleted pages to the homepage in order to preserve link juice? — Even if the homepage is unrelated content?

I'm about to delete 40+ pages that have quality link juice (I'm deleting them for copy write issues). I'd prefer not to do a 404 header on all of them, because I want to preserve inbound links to ...
0
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2answers
323 views

Does it make sense to throw a 404 error with PHP?

Problem Description Hi, The current setting of my .htaccess file does not allow any kind of 404 (as far as I know). I mean, it captures every kind of url like mysite.com/asfasfasf then sends it to ...
0
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2answers
61 views

404s, 410s, and site re-designs

I recently made took over a site that had basic html and converted it into a dynamic php site. One of the features is 'pretty URLs' i.e., city-events.html is now simply events, and I'm curious as to ...
1
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1answer
105 views

Do search engines punish broken links to external websites?

My website is all about users posting links to external websites. A quick script reveals that 700 of these external links are broken (for instance hffp://example.com or http://some-typo.com). ...
5
votes
3answers
2k views

Are penalties applied if you have too many 404 errors on your site?

Do the search engines take the number of 404 errors returned by a site into account when calculating the site rank? For example I have 8,000 404 errors and I am thinking that that's affecting my SEO ...
0
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0answers
16 views

Redirecting all 404 pages in Wordpress is not good SEO, but what is? [duplicate]

Maybe a silly question, but if you have a 404 error, than Google does not want to index your site. Of course you are going to say: 'who said that, that's not true', I know... But Google does not like ...
1
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1answer
84 views

302 redirect to homepage from removed pages

I have a site on which, when a content page gets marked as deleted, a 302 redirect to the homepage is performed. So www.mysite.com/page/3424/my-slug 302 redirects to www.mysite.com if that page gets ...
0
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0answers
16 views

Best way to handle query string params no longer used [duplicate]

A client's SEO "expert" has recently asked us to redirect hundreds of URLs to the home page but we're not sure if her request is the best way of going about it. Here's the situation: The clients ...
0
votes
2answers
153 views

Redirecting non existing post to homepage; is that good for SEO? [duplicate]

I am checking my website out on Google Webmasters and I am seeing an astonishing 5000 links that could not be found by Google's Crawlers. That's normal, because my website is built in a manner that ...
0
votes
1answer
60 views

Getting a lot of '/_' errors from webmaster tools [closed]

I'm using a WordPress site and I thought I got all the kinks out of it. For some reason Webmaster Tools is crawling my website and showing a lot of 404 errors which are from /_ like additional pages ...
0
votes
1answer
65 views

404 errors versus SEO

I have a WordPress website in which people can link to existing or non-existing posts. So people can make links and they can link to pages/posts that don't exist. I explicitly made this possible, ...
0
votes
1answer
437 views

404 errors How to deal with a large number of broken internal links for SEO

I have recently updated my website. In fact I have completely rewritten it using wordpress. It was originally constructed using ASP. In the process, I have recycled a a large amount of my original ...
4
votes
2answers
260 views

Google Webmaster Tools reports fake 404 errors

I have a website where Google Webmaster Tools reports 15,000 links as 404 errors. However, all links return a 200 when I visit them. The problem is, that eventhough I can visit these pages and return ...
2
votes
1answer
32 views

HTTPS Causes Broken Back Links?

If I change my URL to force https does this effect all of my backlinks to be broken and to be lost one by one? And if so if I change it back will it will this restore the back links on the site? Any ...
2
votes
2answers
68 views

Returning 404 for expired jobs in my jobs site [duplicate]

In my new Job search site how should I handle jobs which are expired? Ideally those should return 410 response when deleted. But I'd like to delete them(404 response) since that'd be easy to do for ...
3
votes
2answers
58 views

SEO handling of ever changing portion of site

A portion of a site that I maintain lists job opportunities available within an organization. The opportunities are listed on a single page with a short description which can be clicked on by the user ...
4
votes
1answer
166 views

What Google will do while switching from 301/404 to 200?

Imagine a pagination script with 20 total pages: articles.php?page=18 What should I do when some third party web site links to a non-existent page? articles.php?page=21 (page 21 is out of ...
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3answers
877 views

Weird 404 crawl errors in Google webmaster tools

If anyone can help, I'd be very grateful! We're getting strange domains coming up in Google webmaster tools - they seem to be breeding. When I look where the links are coming from, it's either: ...
1
vote
2answers
209 views

Does hiding images on 404 error affect SEO? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: SEO (or other) problems with a 404? I have a dynamic website that allows registered users to upload and display images on the their profile page. As each user may upload ...
2
votes
3answers
127 views

What is the best way to deal with 404s that are all trying to point to the same page that are from an external site?

I started getting 404s showing up in my Google Webmaster's Tools from a site linking to a specific category but with odd characters at the end of the URL. So Something like this: ...
1
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4answers
143 views

I have a lot of outbound 404 links, do I have to fix them?

I have a lot-lot of outbound links on my webpage. A lot of them are broken, they point to 404 pages on external sites. I add to all links: nofollow. Can it be possible that Google is penalizing me in ...
11
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5answers
2k views

Does it make sense to return a 410 instead of 404 when some page has been permanently removed?

Does it make sense to return a 410 instead of 404 when some page has been permanently removed? In this video, Matt Cutts says that Google treats them the same, but are there other reasons to implement ...
0
votes
2answers
115 views

404s on password protected content

I'm new to WordPress and SEO, generally, but we've been running into problems with our site that don't seem to make sense to me. The problem is that our editor likes to schedule posts and/or mark ...
2
votes
1answer
795 views

Removed pages. set them 404 or 301 to home page? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: SEO: ecommerce item deleted by user, 301 redirect to HOME PAGE or 404 not found? I decided to delete about 2000 pages because of panda update. Should I just set them ...
3
votes
3answers
244 views

SEO (or other) problems with a 404?

I am a member of a writing website called HubPages. We are each given a subdomain on which to write articles and are also given access to Google Webmaster Tools for our subdomain. Upon checking out ...
1
vote
1answer
359 views

How to handle redirects & http status codes at urls where a product becomes unavailable?

I have this use case that happens frequently: Lots of products for sale, periodically a percentage goes out of stock. A user still browses in on the old url, to a location where a product used to ...
3
votes
1answer
269 views

SEO effect of redirecting to 404 page

In a dynamically generated site (PHP, Python, pick your poison), 404 pages are normally handled dynamically to simply send a 404 header and display some error page on the URL that the user visited. ...
1
vote
6answers
2k views

Will 404 errors affect search engine ranking?

I had installed joomla in my domain with the sample data. I now removed it and installed wordpress in my domain. There are a lot of 404 errors in my domain. Will they affect my search engine rankings. ...
3
votes
1answer
56 views

Will moving a WordPress from one location to another result in broken links

I am having a WordPress installed at www.mydomain.com/blog/wordpress/ I am planning to move it to www.mydomain.com/blog/ Will this cause any 404 broken links? This question may seem stupid but please ...
12
votes
4answers
948 views

ecommerce item deleted by user, 301 redirect to HOME PAGE or 404 not found?

I know this question is someway similar to this one where they recommend using 404, but after reading this other one where they suggest to use 301 when changing site URLs (in the specific case was due ...
5
votes
4answers
3k views

404 page needs meta description (just to make Google happier)?

I'm fixing some minor things on the 404 page for all my websites. My punctiliousness makes me unable to sleep well unless I get an answer to this question. :) Does a 404 page need a meta description ...