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 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 the Google toolbar 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, ...
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404 crawl error for mailto:info@mydoamin.co.uk in Google Webmaster Tools

I'm getting a 404 crawl error for mailto:info@mydoamin.co.uk, in Google webmaster tools under the health > crawl errors. Surly Google should see that mailto: is related to an email not a webpage.. ...
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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 ...
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URL parameter names being changed by user agents

In reviewing one of our site's web logs I'm seeing instances where we are returning a 404 to requests because we're expecting an id parameter to be sent, but instead we're seeing a di parameter. The ...
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Nginx 404 not working with PHP?

I have a 404 file and it is working with nginx. However when I modify the 404 file to redirect the user it does not redirect. visiting http://site.com/404.php redirects the user. visiting ...
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New requests for /cache/ URLs

A few weeks ago requests following this type of pattern: http://mysite/cache/7a226e8aa3a4380444a329a7b0dd0f40 http://mysite/otherfolder/cache/7a226e8aa3a4380444a329a7b0dd0f40 started to appear ...
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Is a 404 on a non displaying files a problem

One of my clients web pages has a error in the theme which calls a redundant .css file that does not exist. The page however, looks fine. Thus the client is not willing to have the error fixed. What ...
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Chrome causing 404's ending with “/cache/[hex-string]/”?

Since the last weeks we see many 404's on our sites caused by Chrome adding /cache/[hex-string]/ to the current page URL. The hex strings we have seen are: e9c5ecc3f9d7fa1291240700c8da0728 ...
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Is it possible to track 404 images with google analytics?

I know I can track 404's using google analytic's, but our images are served from a CDN and we can't control the 404 page that is served from the CDN. Is there a way that I can detect missing images ...
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404 Not Found Errors -> Redirect

Hi i have recently moved my forum from Mybb to Vanilla, so the index pages such as showthread.php now do not exist. This is a big problem for SEO, what do I do to redirect this to the home page?
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How to interpret number of URL errors in Google webmaster tools

Recently Google has made some changes to Webmaster tools which are explained below: http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2012/03/crawl-errors-next-generation.html One thing I could not find out ...
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What is the notified-CompliancePage page?

I sometimes have bots (I assume) hitting pages such as: /notified-CompliancePage?aHR0cDovL3d3dy5teXBpdm90cy5jb20vZGFpbHlub3Rlcw== ...
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404 errors showing in Google Webmaster Tools

My Google Webmaster Tools account, shows that I have crawling errors that are caused by links to pages that do not exist (404 not found). But when I look at the source pages that are accused of ...
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Can a site recover by itself after dropping google page rank for 404 errors?

Recently redid a website and changed the directory / URL structure. I did some .htaccess redirects for the main landing pages - however when reviewing web master tools received 404 errors for the rest ...
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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 ...
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Tool to generate list of redirections (sitemap for .htaccess)

Is there any good tool (preferably for Ubuntu), that can help me generate a list of URLs used on a site? I'm building new version of some site, but I don't want to get 404 errors for the old pages. ...
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Multiple custom 404 pages

Do you have a suggestion on how I can get a random 404 page displayed when a page isn't found. I use Wordpress and am currently using a custom 404.php file for displaying a 404 page but what I want ...
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Files I should have on every website

I would like to have a list of files that should exist on every website. The idea is to please most browsers and bots and get down with the number of 404 messages in the logs. So far I have the ...
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404 error out of no where on .php file [closed]

I have a website which I've built that I have gone to a bunch of times today. Out of nowhere I receive a 404 Page Not Found error, I didn't do anything. The site loads an index.html file which points ...
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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 ...
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.htaccess - if the file doesn't exist, rewrite to index.php but send 404 instead of 200

I have a catchall .htaccess directive like this: RewriteCond %{SCRIPT_FILENAME} !-d RewriteCond %{SCRIPT_FILENAME} !-f RewriteRule ^(.*)$ index.php [L] Anything that doesn't exist and the URL is ...
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Meaning of Crawl errors

My question is about definition of Crawl errors in Google Webmaster Tools. Crawl errors is devided into few sections. Let's first consider HTTP section. I assume that all broken links in this ...