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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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 ...
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Website starts showing 404 after 301 redirects via .htaccess [closed]

One of my clients websites started getting 404 messages on some pages after doing 301 redirects via .htaccess file. I don't understand why that happens, could someone tell me what went wrong? The ...
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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 ...
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“404. That’s an error.” when viewing from Google cache

My site is getting 404. That’s an error. message when I click on cached from Google search results. This is the error message from Google: That’s an error. The requested URL ...
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Separate 404 page for subdirectory

I've made a subsite which runs under mydomain.com/subsite - idealy from an architecture point of view it would be under a subdomain, but we wanted the links to come back to the main domain. The sub ...
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Soft 404 error on redirected outbound links

I have a redirect script on my site which sends visitors to an affiliate site. However in the last month I've noticed that Google webmaster tools is reporting my outbound links as a 404 error. Here is ...
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Nginx proxy_pass 404 error, don't understand why

I'm trying to pass off all calls to /api to my webservice but I keep getting 404s with the following config. Calls to / return index.html as expected. Does anyone know why? upstream backend{ ...
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how to stop other sites linking non available urls to our site which leads to 404

I check webmastertools for 404's. I can see other sites linking to my site but with additional characters which makes the link a 404 in my site. for example if i have a url like ...
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How to fix this 404 soft error?

I have a static HTML website. www.example.com/?12345 (this page doesn't exist) redirects to www.example.com and www.example.com/page.html?12345 redirects to www.example.com/page.html. I don't know ...
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Will 301 redirection to a Google Indexed URL can remove the URL from Google index?

I need to remove some indexed URLs from Google SERP. The problem is I cannot use the 3 types of removal patterns Google suggests like robots.txt, meta name "noindex" and remove the page and make it as ...
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Consequence of redirecting ALL 404s on a site

I've just gone through my sites 404 list and redirected all of them to the front page. There were in general 2 categories of links. The first was relative links of client sites which we may have ...
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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 ...
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IIS 7.5 site is stopped, but it still responds to requests with 404 errors

What you'd expect when you select a site in the IIS console and choose the "stop" button is that all bound ports would stop responding, right? That's what it did in earlier versions of IIS, at least. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Over 400 old 404 errors, safe to remove? [duplicate]

I have over 400 old 404 errors showing up in Google web-masters tools, the date on them is from before I uploaded the new sitemap and I wondered 2 things: Why are they still showing up Can i remove ...
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Large increase in 404 hits

We're running a Magento shop and we experienced a significant raise in 404 hits lately, almost 40,000 in one day. Most of the pages are old ones that once existed but don't anymore, and there are some ...
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Google Webmasters showing 404's but header check showing 200 All Good

I have just been marking them as fixed, but they just keep coming back and I don't want to have to keep coming back to mark as fixed. Google is showing about 150 of my pages as 404's but they all ...
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How to fix thousands of 404's?

The business I work for recently migrated our e-commerce site from Celerant to Magento. Despite using a robots.txt file and a 301 redirect extension, webmaster tools is reporting that our "not found" ...
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MVC4 App opens with directory listing and gives a 404 for any direct URL's entered in the browser

I've just deployed a previously (on my local IIS) working MVC4 app to IIS 7.5 on the dev server. After tweaking this and that - one knows how these things get forgotten - the app finally launches, but ...
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404 page not showing URL

My 404 page (/404.php) works, it's sending the proper headers (404 - Not found). But the thing is, it's not giving the link that caused it (e.g. example.com/thisisnon-existant.htm) but instead it's ...
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Why are URLs with my domain name at the end showing up in analytics?

I have a multi-language WordPress site that has been live since the last 3 months and today when I checked Analytics, I saw a lot of weird URLs: ...
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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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How to redirect specific url to 404 in htaccess?

I want to redirect only one specific URl (ex. mypage.com/1234/page/) to error page 404. How to achieve it in htaccess?
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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: ...
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GWT: reporting crawling errors for non existing links

Google Webmaster Tools is reporting crawl errors for links that never existed, and if i check the "Linked from" tab for a given error link, it shows another that never existed. They all mention ...
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Succesful hits on favicon are 49.9% as shown by Awstats, But 404s don't display favicon error. What's wrong?

On Awstats, one of the sections displays as it follows: Successful hits on favicon.ico -> 49.9% Then, under 404s, i have the following: Document Not Found (hits on favicon excluded) ...
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Serve 404 error, if typing not exact URL

At the moment, when I type: xyz.lo/abc.php/123 in my webbrowser, Apache serves the same page if I were typing xyz.lo/abc.php Unfortunatelly relative links present in HTML won't work with the ...
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Why are perfectly legitimate pages on my website registering in Google Webmasters as 404?

I have seen this question asked several times here, but never clearly answered. I suspect it has something to do with my .htaccess file: # BEGIN WordPress <IfModule mod_rewrite.c> ...
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Webmaster Tools is throwing out 404 errors on link not on page

Webmaster Tools is showing thousands of 404 errors, where pages on the site are referring to another incorrect URL. For example, URL not found www.example.com/shop/=, linked from ...
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Do large number of internal broken links affect SEO?

We've a WordPress blog and had disqus plugin in stalled for several months. Around late August this year, the plugin created a ton of URLs that linked to non-existent location on our website. For ...
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Pins on Pinterest link to 404 - yet link is valid

this is a really strange one. I've set up a bunch of pins on Pinterest linking through to our services which all work fine. Then I decided to do the same on our blog articles (we use Wordpress), yet ...
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Is there any way to prevent Googlebar from breaking Friendly 404s

This might be considered a continuation of this question. If I output HTML after my 404 header, It displays properly in IE and FF unless the user has Google bar instaled. If I try header('HTTP/1.x ...
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Send 404 Status Code on www.example.com

Does anyone know if it's at all possible (preferably with .htaccess), to send a 404 error code and page when visiting http://www.example.com but have http://example.com working just fine? I want to ...
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Unrestricted free tool for finding 404's?

Google WebMaster Tools limit to the first 1000 (I won't get into that), Xenu doesn't seem to list the page the offending link is on, and W3C limits to the first 150 pages. Can someone suggest a tool ...
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Site returning 404 header to Google, not sure why

A Drupal site that works fine for regular users returns a 404 not found error when I try to use the W3C validator on it; it is also not being indexed by Google at all (which is the main issue but I ...
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Clients requesting garbled URLs

I've noticed some odd 404s which appear to be broken URL rewriting code. Our image viewer requests tiles using URLs like this: /media/204/service/dzi/1/1_files/7/0_0.jpg I see some - well under ...
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Edit robots.txt on google sites

Getting many 404 errors on my website for the following URLs: /system/app/pages/admin/revisions* I was going to put Disallow in robots.txt, but it seems there is no way to edit robots.txt in google ...
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Google Webmasters tools crawl error caused by URL split into two lines

I am looking in to Google Webmaster Tools - Crawl Error section. How should I handle for those URL due their system / application showed invalid URL. e.g ...
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Is it possible to use two different ErrorDocuments for different paths of a website?

I currently run PmWiki at mydomain.com/pmwiki. I have a 404 page and .htaccess set up in my site's document root for 404 pages regarding anything that doesn't have to do with my wiki. By default, ...
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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 ...
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There is website Service for unavailable domains?

I have few domains, I don't want to use it on my website and I want to redirect different server, says site not available. I would be happy if I can set different message for every domain.
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Google Webmasters Tools strange 404 errors referred from same site

Starting about a month ago, I noticed a sudden increase in 404 errors in Webmasters Tools for one of my sites (over 1400 errors so far). All the errors are being referred from my own site to non ...
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Undefined 404's not logging

Our custom 404 page sends us Emails to notify us of broken links. We've been lately getting emails with such a missing page: http://domain.com/undefined However, no log entries (IIS) exist on that ...
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Suddenly I have started getting 404 wordpress errors

Suddenly I have started getting 404 error on Google Webmaster. The backend is wordpress. 404 link is ...
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serious 404 problem, suggestions for hunting them all down

I have a bit of a situation coming up. Due to a complete website structure redesign that is basically inevitable, I expect to have the following: Our sitemap of about 12,000 url's have about 90-95% ...
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404 error on a file/directory that exists?

We are using the vBulletin system. I have set it up so that it redirects 404 error's to a php page, so it follows the theme of the forum. However, if I go to a directory that exists (the admin ...
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Avoid SEO loss after URL structure change

We recently re-wrote our site from Umbraco to WordPress. This has been done by third-party developers. I have been the project manager and it is my mistake that I haven't notice the change of URLs ...
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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: ...
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Managing 404 error pages with noindex and url rewrite

Currently I use custom 404 error pages, having the following meta on them : <meta content="noindex" name="robots"> My guess is this way Google will remove deleted pages faster from the index, ...