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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Soft 404, Fetch and Render showing js bundle temporarily unreachable

We recently launched a new page to our site. Previously our whole site has been in classic asp and this page is an angular SPA with asp.net on the backend. Since the launch of the new page our amount ...
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Google Fetch Returning 404 Pages That Are Tags With A Web Address Added To The End

I have a Wordpress site that I have set up with Google Fetch and I have been getting a bunch of crawl errors and it has started significantly hurting my Google ranking and site traffic even though it ...
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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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Google stores user input from site URL

I use both with URL param and without. For example: http://www.wwwsitus.com/code/googlemap.php http://www.wwwsitus.com/code/?q=reg&foo=verif I then type others (fake param/url) in that url, as ...
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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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Should I redirect non-existing m.example.com links if they are appearing in Google search results?

I was wondering if it is worth it to redirect non existing m.example.com links that are being displayed in Google, or if it is better to just delete these from Google (if that is possible)?
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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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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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I can't personalise my error pages — Apache ErrorDocument directive results in additional not found error

I use apache 2.4.10, and I can't use personal error pages. I changed /etc/apache2/conf-available/localized-error-pages.conf and added : ErrorDocument 404 /404.html and created the file ...
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Accidentally made 100 Pages public - can I 404 them and add them back later?

We're running a website and wanted to offer some vouchers to our signed up members, too. At the beginning it should be only a blank page with unvalidated voucher codes from affiliate networks but - as ...
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ncsi.txt requests on our server result in hundreds of 404 errors served daily - Why is this being requested?

Our 404 error report shows that about 300 requests per day are made for /root/ncsi.txt. My understanding is that this file is one way Windows checks for internet connectivity, by checking for this ...
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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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Htaccess 404 & 301

The site runs on WordPress (latest) and is installed in /htdocs/www/. This htaccess file is in /htdocs/www/roh/ along with a bunch of images and some CSS. I want requests to the old html files to ...
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Bandwidth saturation due to Googlebot search for spam pages

I recently had to update the hosting plan of a WordPress site I run due to bandwidth excess, which was already quite high. I've installed a security plugin that keeps log of 404 errors. From here I ...
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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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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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How to permanently delete a page on your site such that search engines no longer index it?

I have a domain managed with CrownPeak. On this domain I have a page nested deeply within the site: www.example.com/exampleFolder/anotherExampleFolder/lastExample.aspx In my CMS, I've deleted the ...
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Does linking to dead resources give you a SEO penalty?

I've been wondering about this for a while, but cannot find any articles on it. When your website contains a dead link to a resource that is either not there any more, or was never there to begin ...
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After 2 days of 404 errors, Google removed my site from its search results

My site had 404 errors for 2 days because of some provider problems, which they fixed, but now my site isn't showing up in Google Search, but my results were very good for searching for a specific ...
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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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How do I fix the crawl errors from Google Search Console where all my URLs end with htmlprint instead of html?

I moved from Blogger to Wordpress. I set my prefered domain to non-www in webmaster tools. I submitted a sitemap. My website is OK when I browse it. Links from other sites to my pages are well ...
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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 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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Creating sub-directories in public_html without effecting higher scope files ( index.php )

I have in my Navigation bar: "example.co/index.php (home), example.co/action.php, example.co/car.php /etc". Now I have my games in the "/games/" directory But once I click on a game in /games/ ...
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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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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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best practice for removed products/pages [duplicate]

I need to remove some discontinued products from a woocommerce site. I'm just wondering what the best practice is for SEO. I guess there are 3 options (or more?): 301 Redirect to product category ...
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Do many broken internal links impact site quality negatively regarding rankings?

Will a website with a high ratio of broken internal links be considered low quality? Will it therefore not rank well? Does anyone have an official reference confirming this?
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How to make whole site headers send code 404?

I have a website for testing. I don't want this site to be indexed by search engines. Now pages on the site return 200 OK in headers. How to make the whole site send code 404 in headers, but stay ...
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Should I 410 old 404 pages? [duplicate]

We've recently migrated an old custom cms site to Umbraco at the same domain. Google Webmaster Tool is reporting 1000s of "Not Found" errors from the old 404 page in the format ...
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Website restructuring, 301 redirect or complete de-index?

I am managing an e-store site created by another colleague, that was badly created from the start. Because of the structure, pagination and user browser capabilities combined with lack of meta robots ...
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Best way to delete high number of pages without negative impact on SEO

I'm working on a travel site. Since the season change and winter is coming, I have to remove old offers from summer. Right now there are about 500 offers that should be removed (better term would be ...
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Large number of backlinks that yield 404 and do not show up in webmaster tools

I ran an ahrefs.com report of one of my sites and noticed it has 2.6k backlinks, all with anchor phrases involving prescription pills which is not what the site is focused on. I know that if you get ...
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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 http://server/~user/public_html/ I get a 404 error. The files are there on the ftp, but they're not showing ...
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HTTP status 400 code pages are getting picked up by Google, appropriate solutions?

Recently we received a notice from Google Webmaster Tools stating "Googlebot found an extremely high number of URLs on your site:..." We noticed that several of the sample urls listed included urls ...
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htaccess ErrorDocument 404 not working

I am planning to replace WordPress on my site with custom HTML/CSS/JS, and I'm trying to check my .htaccess file will work. It is working, as I was able to change the directory index with it, but for ...
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Is redirecting to 404 ok for SEO?

There was an old website located at http://domain.com. Then it has been replaced by a new website, with a totally new url configuration, leaving old domain, but switching to https-only. So now all ...
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Is it better to return a 404 immediately or 301 redirect to a separate 404 response? [duplicate]

Okay, so I understand that it would be better to immediately return a 404 response for a URL which points to content which no longer exists. However, does it affect my site's health if I have a series ...
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How to redirect sub-domain not found? [duplicate]

Suppose my site - example.com had a subdomain - subdomain.example.com which I have deleted. How do I redirect the not found error in PHP or the mod_rewrite (.htaccess)?
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Do I need to fix all 404 in Google Search Console [duplicate]

We are a software manufacturer with a partner based sales model. In Google Search Console, we are regularly receiving numerous 404 errors. We are unsure, if we need to fix all of these: Some are ...
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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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404 error - page loads fine. OSCommerce - Seperate WP install on blog.

I have looked over other peoples posts but I cant find anything to fix this specific error. On my site, I have 2 CMS - one for the main site which is OS Commerce and I have Wordpress installed on the ...
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Can a website meet standards without a single link returning 404 status?

According to woorank.com seo tools, I read that its not best practice for a website to not have a custom 404 error page. But here's why I don't have it on a domain. Currently I and one other person ...
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Strange URLs st.aspx and ct.html in Webmaster Tools

Why would Google Webmaster Tools include these strange URLs as URL Errors? I don't have them linked anywhere, and when I click "Linked from" I just get the no-www variants of the same URLs: st.aspx ...
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Redirect from 404 page to homepage after some seconds and SEO impact

I've read a lot about that is bad to redirect 404 page to the homepage (soft 404). But I want to know if it's a good idea to redirect, after some seconds, the user from the 404 page (with the error ...
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How can we deal with thin content pages with fluctuating content?

We have identified a large number of pages on our e-commerce site which we are sure will be considered thin content. These pages are categories of products which have "0 products" in them. The issue ...
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Google Webmaster Tools reporting non-existent links

GWT is reporting 404 crawl errors on pages that have never been part of the website. For example, it's reporting crawl errors on several non-existent pages such as ...
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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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.com/ vs .com when hosting a website

I used a free domain hosting service with their extension suffixed to my website. When I tried to look at the site on a browser, I get a 404 error unless I add a / at the end of .com suffix (or) ...
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404 Error from old hosting site keeps coming up

I previously hosted my website on a free hosting website (http://www.000webhost.com) but today moved it to GitHub for use with their user-page service. After moments, my page was loading from my ...