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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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Many URLs from my site have been added to Google's index, but a lot of them are outdated and they will never result in a 404 error and take the user to my site's homepage.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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I've noticed a bizarre (malicious?) behavior in my website logs

My website logs spit out "invalid content" messages -- they typically occur when someone types in a wrong hyperlink or a page has mistakenly changed URLs. Lately (about 20 times per day) I've been ...
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Robot.txt can get all soft404s fixed?

I got many soft404 in Google webmaster Tools, and those webpages aren't existing any more. thus I am unable to insert <meta name="robots" content="noindex, nofollow"> into my pages, and I've ...
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404 - Page not found error while using Google's Instant Preview in Webmaster Tools [closed]

While I was comparing my website's live page with Google's Instant Preview of a page in Google Webmaster Tools, I got a 404 - Page not found error. What are the possible reasons for this?
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Google is still crawling and indexing my old, dummy, test pages which now are 404 not found

I have set up my site with sample pages and data (lorem ipsum, etc..) and Google has crawled these pages. I deleted all these pages and actually added real content but in webmaster tools, i still get ...
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What to do when we had a backlink (from a gone site) to one of our a 404 page?

Previously there was a page on our partner's site that had a link to our site. Now, this page and the whole partner's website is gone (404). But this page still exists in our website backlink ...
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Massive 404 attack with non existent URLs. How to prevent this?

The problem is a whole load of 404 errors, as reported by Google Webmaster Tools, with pages and queries that have never been there. One of them is viewtopic.php, and I've also noticed a scary number ...
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Htaccess redirecting 404 URLs to Index page

I am trying to setup my htaccess file such that all 404 pages are permanently redirected to the home/index page using 301. After I configure the htaccess file I try to test that it is working ...
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Check for URLs that return my 404 error page

I have made a custom 404 error page called error_404.html In my .htaccess I inserted: ErrorDocument 404 /error_404.html In order to control/correct 404 errors in my website, I would like to know ...
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How to tell Google my content will expire after a certain period? [duplicate]

Right now I'm facing issues with 404 (Not Found) errors, because my content will deleted automatically after two months. I cannot change this behavior, because it is a real estate web site and once it ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Avoiding increases in 404 errors after massive URL deletion

We have a relatively new website (no external links, PR0, DA17) and we are making a major change in content. On the one hand we have to incorporate new content and otherwise eliminate much old ...
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How to noindex a 404 page using .htaccess?

I have several 404 not found pages which I would like to noindex through .htaccess. how do I do it with X-Robots-Tag?
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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 ...
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Why doesn't Google remove my noindex and 404 pages?

I've added 404 error codes and no-index meta tag to pages quite some time ago. However, when I check in Google Webmaster Tools, looking at the graph of "removed" pages from their index, I see very low ...
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Google analytics showing weird /browse.php accessed pages

In Google Analytics, I'm seeing access to pages that don't exist with weird query params: Screenshot: I don't even have a browse.php page. What can this be?
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Error 404 after rewrite query strings with htaccess

I'm trying to redirect the URLs of a client's website like this: www.localsite.com/immobile.php?id_immobile=24 In something like this: www.localsite.com/immobile/24.php I'm using this rule in ...
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Google Analytics API: return data on HTTP status codes?

I'd like to get information out of the Google Analytics API about the HTTP status codes returned by my application. For example: For a given date range, I'd like to know how many 404 responses ...
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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 ...
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I got a lot of indexed soft 404 pages they actually don’t exist

I just saw in my WMT that I have a lot of indexed soft 404 pages. They all starts with mysite.com/index.php/somepage.. The problem is that I don't have not a single page starts with index.php. Can ...
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Can Campaign URL tags cause a soft 404 error?

I was checking out one of my company's website's Webmaster Tools to analyze the cause behind some soft 404 errors and discovered that a few of the older errors had affiliate mp referral tags listed as ...
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Fetch as google - getting both 301 and 404

I am getting this from fetch as Google: HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Server: nginx Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2014 23:07:58 GMT Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8 Content-Length: 20 Connection: keep-alive Status: ...
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Why is AhrefsBot requesting a page that's been removed from my website?

I was reviewing the logs of my website (WordPress), and I saw a line like this : myWebsite:80 5.10.83.28 - - [17/Jan/2014:09:05:53 +0000] "GET myUrl == HTTP/1.1" 404 5716 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 ...
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Is it bad for SEO to change a URL leaving an old broken URL?

I have a blog site. Assume that I have added a page example.com/appleand that blog page has been crawled by Google. The word "apple" is based on the blog title "Apple". Later, I changed the title ...
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How to handle 404's in GitHub Pages while using Jekyll?

I've setup my site at GitHub using Jekyll framework. I've a problem with 404's. I added a 404.html and it is working well for some typos. But, since in Jekyll categories are rendered in a separate ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Has Microsoft introduced a bug in Bingbot such that it crawls non-existent images?

I've started receiving requests for paths such as /scale/jackets/00000086/80x80_P2_G1715325W.JPG several times a day from the Bingbot. This started a couple of days ago. Anybody know why this is?
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URL/Crawl Errors continue to increase after pharma hack

I'm working with a site that was hacked a couple of months ago and was sending out a ton of spam. The problem seemed to have started with a dormant WordPress blog that was part of the site (so the ...
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How to delete all your old website data from the internet?

I had my website on rohbits.com but for some reasons I had to delete it and recreate it with this URL wwww.rohbits.com/blog. My problem is that the old links are still visible on google search and ...
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Forum is removed but still being visited by Googlebot

I've removed Simple Machine Forum (SMF) from my blog and from Google's index . I've even removed the sub-directory /forum from my blog techwayz.com and blocked it through robots.txt file. ...
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Are bad backlinks causing thousands of 404 and 410 errors in webmaster tools?

Our webmaster tools account is showing 250.000 errors related with weird links from other sites. These URLs are comming mostly from non existent sites or are being generated directly by our website. ...
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Any alternatives to Google's clearPixel.gif 404 not found?

I recently noticed the following Google-related error on our website pages: GET http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/teracent_product_template_V1/clearPixel.gif 404 (Not Found) ...
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Finding the 404 page template of a website

Is there a certain technique or make my life easier in finding the 404 page template of a website? What I do right now to find a 404 page on a specific website is to visit the website and edit their ...
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404 Hits from “PHPCrawl” on WP site

Forgive me if this is in the wrong area - I thought considering the topic, it belonged here (as opposed to in WP). Correct me or move it if I am wrong. I've been looking around one of the sites I ...
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URL subfolder rewrite without server access

I am having trouble with the following. I have a site in development that has every link on the site pointing to the wrong folder. Example: example.com/en/home/, a site link goes to example.com/en/, ...
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Google Webmaster Tools “increase in not found errors” is wrong

I got a ton of not found errors in Google Webmaster Tools, but the weird thing is, all of the pages ARE found. There is absolutely no error in the URLs they list that supposedly don't exist. Why is ...
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Why is Yahoo bot hitting a page when my robots.txt file is configured to disallow all bots?

My robots.txt: User-agent: * Disallow: / A page two directories below the root is being hit by a Yahoo bot and getting a 404: HTTP_REFERER: [empty string] HTTP_USER_AGENT: Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; ...
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Deleted user content, 404, Webmaster Tools errors

I have a website with a lot of user content. This content can be deleted. Right now, when someone lands on a deleted content, I send a 404 with a custom page telling "this content was been deleted, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Do error pages get indexed?

I have just started to put custom error pages on my site. But then I started wondering if google will index these error pages. I searched this up and I didn't get anything, even searched this site, so ...
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Serving proper 404/410 error codes on dynamic database driven site

a developer I'm working with is having a difficult time serving 404 errors on dynamically generated pages (they get created when the request is made by querying the database to see if the content ...
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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). ...
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404 errors still showing in Webmaster Tools

I've a website with Yola, I've been blogging twice a day for three to four years now and suddenly about a month ago, every blog post URL was being seen by Google as a 404 error. I started off by ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Google Webmaster Tools returning 404s for pages that exist [duplicate]

I logged in to GWT today just to see how things are going. It is showing a bunch of 404 errors for pages that exist. I checked the server response and got: SERVER RESPONSE: HTTP/1.1 200 OK. These ...