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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Dead URLs from old CMS showing up in SERP. Wordpress not serving 404 when old links are accessed = old URLs won't die

Dead URLs from the previous CMS on this domain is displayed in SERP, most likely due to people still trying to access them through bookmarks or browser history. This traffic is picked up by Google ...
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What to do with unwanted URLs that link to my website?

A few days ago, my site was affected by malware. There were lot of URLs that linked to my site and the malware used to redirect to some place. I have gotten rid of all the malware, but still there are ...
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Google message about 404 errors, should I be worried?

I realize this is a topic which has been discussed to infinity, and there are some great posts to be found on here regarding 404 problems. I read this post, and while very informative it did not ...
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Removing Forum & Forum Pages From Site

I added a forum on my website which I had high hopes for, however, it is clear that those hopes are unfortunately not going to develop. I received 100'000+ visitors last month (humblebrag) with only ...
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Getting a 404 error after configuring a CNAME alias for a subdomain

So I'm using hostinger and a freedns service from afraid.org, but I can't figure how to make correct CNAME setting. I want to point a subdomain I have created in freedns to my hostinger link of my ...
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404's from nonexistent URL

I've been having some indexing issues that I've had a development team working on trying to fix for a week but no progress has been made. The site has an overwhelming amount of 404 errors as ...
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404 errors versus SEO

I have a WordPress website in which people can link to existing or non-existing posts. So people can make links and they can link to pages/posts that don't exist. I explicitly made this possible, ...
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Google sitelinks not getting generated

Even though our website is indexed by google, sitelinks are not getting generated. It's been almost 2 years now and still not sitelinks. Google webmaster tools has a lot of 404 errors. Are these 404 ...
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Request for an existing file causes 404 error

A customer cannot access a file that I put online for him, or the folder that it is in. Requests for both the folder (/bastide) and the file (/bastide/coupon%20d'engagement.pdf) return 404 errors. I ...
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Search Console Fetch Not Found and Redirect

When fetching a URL in Search Console i get 3 results; success, redirect and not found. Can I ignore the redirect warnings or is Google telling me there is a problem? The not found pages; I can not ...
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Pages accessed ending in /mobile

Since April 16th I've been getting alerts regarding a high number of 404s to pages that do exist on our website, but with /mobile appended. For example: www.mysite.com/some-page/mobile There appears ...
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404s due to [GPT_URL] at the end of URL

I get a lot of 404s on several of my wordpress posts. All the 404 links have [GPT_URL] at the end. Examples: www.example.com/post-1/[GPT-URL] www.example.com/post-2/[GPT-URL] www.example.com/post-3/...
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WordPress creating URLs which are not found

For each post or page I create, WordPress creates URLLs like this: about-us/timcoetzee about-us/thesportingfreak@gmail.com contact-us/@sportingfreak sa-might-never-host-major-sports-tournament/...
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I get 404 error in google webmaster from unknown php page

In my wallpaper website that i code myself in php.There i get 404 error in google crawling.These errors are from unknow page like details.php?image_id=121&sessionid=...
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Unknown files appearing in my website 404 error page list without a referring URL

I've been seeing lots of entries in my 404 error page lists in my shared hosting account, which are attempts to hit sub URLs on my 'static' website, such as (usually with no referring URL): /\xef\xbf\...
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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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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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Looking for explanation of Apache behavior on manipulating headers

Tried to get an answer at ServerFault - they don't know, all real gurus are sitting here. The background of the issue: Googlebot creates non-existing URLs and tries to crawl them. On some URLs Apache ...
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Does it matter if a site lives in a subdirectory instead of the root folder?

We built a (wordpress) site at the root directory of www.website.com, and then another company built a new version of the site at www.website.com/dev . While they were building it they accidentally ...
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What drops faster from the google index? A page that 301 redirects to another one or one that gives a 404 error?

What kind of page drops faster from Google's index? One that is 301 redirected to another page or one that gives a 404 status? In regards to the first option I would expect the new page to take the ...
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Google Webmaster finding url with redirects

I have been scratching my head about this for months, we have about 100 Not found links with 404 response codes. The response code is correct as these pages do no exist anymore, however the thing ...
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My new website gives 404 only when accessed from my home wifi

Ten hours ago I signed up for a HostGator account and uploaded my new website. I also updated my registrar's DNS info to point to HostGator's nameservers. DNS was instantly ok, the domain name ...
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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 /recherche?...
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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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Why is a map page reported as a “soft 404” in Google Search Console?

I'm trying to debug Soft 404 errors in Search Console. The Soft 404's keep appearing. If I try to "Fetch as Google" it seems like they returns a valid response. HTTP/1.1 200 OK Server: TornadoServer/...
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How to detect broken external links and site wide spell checking?

I'm looking for known methods to scan our site and alert us of spelling errors and broken links. Our goals are basically to have something consistently checking the entire site for spelling errors and ...
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Googlebots request types

Does Google's bot send HEAD requests as well as GET requests? I wondering about this because I'm running a Tornado application that does not support HEAD request and I have a lot of 404 errors in ...
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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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Accidentally submitted broken URLs in a sitemap. How can I stop Google crawling them?

We recently added a sitemap to our site but didn't exclude unpublished items (which, unless you're logged in as an admin, will 404). Google started trying to crawl them and as a result, we saw a huge ...
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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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How to tell Googlebot to crawl just URLs ending in .html

I have a big problem in Google Webmaster Tools. The number of 404 pages in the error report increases so fast that now I have over 1000. When I check for errors, I see that for every page Googlebot ...
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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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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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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 /var/www/...
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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: /menswear-fashion-autumn-winter-2013-2014/www.domain....
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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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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 with,...
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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 ...