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

Possible Duplicate: SEO: ecommerce item deleted by user, 301 rediret to HOME PAGE or 404 not found? I decided to delete about 2000 pages because of panda update. Now the question is... ...
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How can I stop 404s from favicon.ico without a favicon.ico?

How can I stop requests for favicon.ico without having a favicon.ico? It wastes resources serving a 404 and fills up logs with 404s. Right now I put in a dummy favicon.ico file but I would prefer a ...
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Internal WordPress pages all 404 when using WAMP

I have a problem when using WAMP while designing and coding my site. Well, I have a local version of Wordpress installed in WAMP and use it as a tool to see my changes when coding. I also have the ...
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.htaccess rule to redirect from 404 to search results

When a user (or a bot) request on non existing page, I want to redirect him to the search results. I prefere to do it with the .htaccess file using something like: ErrorDocument 404 ...
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Why does BingBot add “ForceRecrawl: 0” to URLs when crawling my sites?

I'm seeing this in the iis-logs of two websites that I maintain: GET /an/existing/page/on/my/site+ForceRecrawl:+0 - 80 - 207.46.195.105 HTTP/1.1 ...
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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 ...
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Thousands of 404 errors in Google Webmaster Tools

Because of a former error in our ASP.Net application, created by my predecessor and undiscovered for a long time, thousands of wrong URLs where created dynamically. The normal user did not notice it, ...
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Just discovered something I never knew about 404 - could someone explain this

I had always thought that placing anything spurious after the 404 which the server didn't understand would result in a 404; however I had a closer look at a WordPress site which I was building and ...
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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 ...
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Htaccess 404 & 301

The site is run on wordpress (latest) and is installed in /htdocs/www/ This htaccess file is in /htdocs/www/roh/ along with a bunch of images & some css. I want requests to the old html files to ...
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Weird .ASP pages from my non-ASP site generating 404s

In Google Webmaster Tools, I have a huge list of "Not Found" crawl errors (404) with URLs that look like this: http://www.exclusivevillas.co.za/villa_view.asp?vSeq=82&activitySeq=3&page=3, ...
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Importance of custom 404 pages?

I've read in a few design blogs that it's important to design custom 404 pages, but why is this? Don't most users know what these are as you tend to end up seeing them from time to time. Also, if ...
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How should incorrectly encoded URLs be handled?

Just recently noticed that some sites link with the URL incorrectly percent-encoded, to which my server (LAMP) responds with a 404 Not Found. For example, for a URL of mine like this: ...
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Why am I seeing unexpected requests for “crossdomain.xml” in my logs?

I've getting lots of 404 errors from crossdomain.xml. Here are the request details, as provided by Google App Engine: 404 22ms 19cpu_ms 0kb Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64) AppleWebKit/534.30 ...
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404 monitoring tool for websites? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Online dead link alert service Is there a tool to monitor or discover 404's or broken links online? Google Webmaster 404 tool is a bit slow. I'd like to discover the ...
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Why is Joomla based website that was copied off of live server into localhost not showing pictures and throwing 404 error?

I have copied Joomla based website via FTP onto my machine and I am trying to make it run on my localhost which is provided by the latest version of XAMPP. I have exported and imported the DB with no ...
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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. ...
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Google Webmaster Tools reporting crawl error 404 (Not found) for a page which has never existed

Google Webmaster Tools is reporting a crawl error "404 (Not Found)" for an .html page which has never existed on a web site I developed. The page being reported is "tyuiabmog.html", which doesn't ...
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Remove directory from Google SE results

I was developing a Joomla site in /new/ which was to replace the Mambo site in the root directory. I thought I put a robots file there to stop bots from crawling the new site, but this is not the ...
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www.domain.com loads, but domain.com loads as an error on my WP multi-site network

I'm running an up-to-date version of a WP multi-site network successfully (homepage and subdomains all work), with only one problem. My domain loads perfectly with the www., but when the www. isn't ...
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I see files in Filezilla, but the internet denies their existance

I am doing some updates to a 10-year old site, and I am baffled. Everything worked great locally, so I uploaded a bunch of stuff to the server using Filezilla. Within Filezilla I can see all of the ...
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Why can't GoogleBot forget a 404 File Does Not Exist?

For two months now, googlebot is trying to get a file which does not exist anymore. This is just one example out of many: I had renamed the file to a better name and removed the old file. Now, why ...
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Why am I seeing 404 requests for crossdomain.xml in my server logs?

My website is recording a lot of 404 errors, from numerous sources, for a file crossdomain.xml. Does anyone know what this file is or why it's being requested?
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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. ...
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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 ...
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What's the extent of the “damage” to having a broken URL found by the spiders (showing in Google Webmaster Tools)?

An error with our URL rewrite rules caused some pages to be not found (404 errors) when Google crawled our site. I regularly watch for errors and fix database or coding issues when they arise. We ...
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ecommerce item deleted by user, 301 rediret 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 ...
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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 ...