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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 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 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 ...
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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 ...
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is it google webmaster crawler's fault or a virus?

Last day when i visited google webmaster tools, i found crawler errors for 42 not found pages. all the pages were having "luminous-solutions.net" at last in the URL. Like ...
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Is it better to have an ErrorDocument 404 redirect back to the homepage or a standard 404 error page?

We run an ecommerce site that was setup by a third party ecommerce software provider, basic shop with product pages, basket and checkout. The third party vendor set up the htaccess file so that if a ...
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Are you aware of any client-side malware that sends lots of junk requests for .gifs?

I am getting dozens of 404 errors on my site that are requests for gif's with apparently random names, like 4273uaqa.gif and 5pwowlag.gif. I see that most of them are coming from one user. I assume ...
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Apache Per User Directory Not Found

For some reason the user directory I have for my server has stopped working whenever I go to server/~user/public_html/ I get a 404 error. The files are there on the ftp, but they're not showing up ...
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404 page echoing request URI - security risk?

I just noticed the default 404 page on one of my hosting accounts displays the requested URI. <!--#echo var="REQUEST_URI" --> I faintly remember hearing or reading that this is a potential ...
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Can missing anchors be logged?

If I have a broken link it gets logged with a 404. If I have a link to an anchor and the anchor is missing, I don't get an entry in the log. How can I find those broken anchor links, especially if the ...