Questions tagged [404]

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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Will lots of thin content pages affect the ranking of the main pages which are not thin content, and should I delete them? And how to do that safely?

I have a plan to delete many thin content pages (more than 8000-10000 pages) from my websites. These pages created automatically by WordPress system, they are ATTACHMENT PAGES automatically created ...
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Unknown long phrases searched on my website reported in search console coverage

I checked my search console coverage. It seems that many long phrases are being searched on my site, and I have many noindex pages in coverage, but I have never made such a page. is my website hacked. ...
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Expired event either use 404 page or redirect to the directory listing page, best for SEO

I have an event listing service where events are still showing up after years of being over. I want to archive these and either show a page not found, or redirect to the events listing page. What ...
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How can we troubleshoot why a 404 page doesn't retain its url rather changes to another 404 page of its own?

I am working on a client website for a technical SEO audit for the first time. They have a 404 page where the URL of the missing page is not retained, instead, it goes to a separate 404 page. For ...
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How can we find 404 pages on a website without google search console or conducting a crawl?

How can I find 404 error pages on a website to which I don't have access to conduct a crawl on or check google search console?
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How to block access to all but homepage unless that access comes from the homepage?

Given a homepage at domain.com (e.g., https://example.com/), I want: outside requests to only be able to visit the homepage and no subpages that homepage to successfully redirect visitors to a ...
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Completely confused about linking relative to the root versus linking relative to the document

I posed a question around 404 errors appearing on our website last year where i am seeing URLs now still coming out of Search Console appearing like this: https://www.example.com/managed-hosting.html ...
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404 referring pages showing up in Search Console do not exist?

Going through our Google Search Console and results such as this keep appearing: https://www.example.com/documents/documents/legal/example-information-security.pdf Where in this case there appears to ...
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What is most likely causing this index:1 404 error in Wordpress?

I'm running the latest version of WordPress on a VPS, and I recently moved my WordPress directory to a new location and reconfigured my site's permalink structure. So when you go to HTTP://www....
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PHP Undefined index: REDIRECT_STATUS - error 404

Custom 404 page in PHP using .htaccess file. If page dosen't exist redirect to error.php. I don't know why but it doesn't work. Notice: Undefined index: REDIRECT_STATUS on line 2 <?php $error = $...
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Wordpress Websites Getting High Traffic for the non-Existent Pages like a DDOS Attack

I'm facing a weird situation where my 10 WordPress websites are getting hits for non-existent pages. Mostly those pages which we never created or had in our websites. I searched about it and found Non-...
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Get Google to index new URLs after migrating to Godaddy Simple Website Builder which doesn't support redirects

I recently updated a website for my company from its extremely outdated design (last edited in 2009). After the update, when you click on the page in the google search it says that there is nothing ...
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My website doesn't provide 404 errors

My website doesn't provide 404 errors. If you were to type in: clientsforcounsellors.com/dlkforiereg or pretty much any gibberish page that doesn't exist, you'd be redirected to my home page. Why ...
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What is the correct or most appropriate way to address phantom or untraceable 404 errors showing up in a website audit?

Currently I am running my site through neilpatel's website for the purposes of an audit on SEO - the analyzer continues to return a 404 error that i cannot find anywhere, following this URL structure ...
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Website crawler returns hundreds of 404 errors for pages that do not exist containing duplicate directories

I just completed a website crawl on my site to vet SEO, which should return 119 pages. The results are around 490, with errors being returned showing hundreds of 404 pages with strange URLs. These ...
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Certbot challenge error 404 in webroot mode

This web site runs under Apache on Windows. I installed Windows certbot client and ran it as suggested on its homepage, in webroot mode, since the web site cannot be stopped. This is what it reported: ...
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infinite loader with console error on a page will harm SEO [duplicate]

I have a single page application where some of the category and brand pages are infinite load on the screen (those pages are older now no more available) I want to avoid them. should I use 404 not ...
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What is the best practice for old pages that no longer exist on an Angular site?

We built our eCommerce web site using Angular as a single page application. We have implemented a spinner that runs until the page is responding with the expected content. We have some category pages ...
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Find external site which sends 404 URL to my website

For almost an year I have been getting users to a particular page which does not exist in my website. This page for sure is not an internal link and my website runs on WordPress. My site is almost ...
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Does Google Analytics track 404 page responses as valid page views?

I'm interested to know what counts as a valid page view. I would assume a server status code in the 200 range would be valid. And anything 300, 400, 500 related would not be counted. Can anyone ...
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Notify search engines on 404 pages

How to pro-actively notify search engines (Google and others) of removed pages 404s that are still indexed?
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Responding '404' for subdirectories is bad practice?

I had URLs like this: example.com/post/dkKE_wd3jJ For SEO reasons I decided to add some text: example.com/post/dkKE_wd3jJ/best_funny_videos But I noticed that the alphanumeric ID looks weird in front,...
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Which server status code is appropriate for ugly bots scanning server for vulnerabilities

I have a lot of 404s in my logs for urls like /wp-login, /admin and similar. These are bot attempts to scan the site for vulnerabilities. NOTE: My site is not WP nor has administration under /admin. ...
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Google crawlbot parses &amp; on sitemap.xml wrong

I have a sitemap.xml file with entries of the form: <url> <loc>https://www.example.com/?page=x&amp;item=5</loc> <changefreq>weekly</changefreq> </url> ...
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1&1 Ionos hijacking my error pages

I have a website hosted by ionos (formerly 1&1), they have an annoying "feature" (*) whereby an incorrect page request is hijacked and sent to a third party. The source code for the page I'm ...
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htaccess 404 code does not trap an incorrect URL path (with a / in the string [duplicate]

I have a simple 404 redirect in my .htaccess file: ErrorDocument 401 /404.htm ErrorDocument 404 /404.htm RewriteEngine On RewriteCond %{SERVER_PORT} 80 RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://hypnosis-retreat....
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Why am I getting requests for /js/comm.js for my website?

I've been checking the error 404 (or "Page not found") logs for my website and there's a bunch of entries for the /js/comm.js script with the user agent set to Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; WOW64; rv:...
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Removing Some Content from website by giving 410 status code

I have some content to be permanently deleted from my website. This is a permanent deletion and I am planning to give 410 status code. I can very well return the status code in PHP page as header( "...
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Non-existent subdirectories of index.php do not return “404 not found”

My website usually correctly returns 404 not found errors if I enter names of documents or folders that do not exist. However, I have recently noticed something strange. The homepage of my website is ...
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SYNC_NOT_REQUIRED in request URL leads to 404

We have noticed that our website Nginx access logs have quite a bit of 404 requests for very strange URLS that end in SYNC_NOT_REQUIRED Example: 75.139.245.82 - - [12/Dec/2019:22:36:29 +0000] "...
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If a web crawler get a 404 error, will it not index that url?

Say I have a page page.example.com/page. In my (python) server, you only get served html if you are logged in, which you can do at page.example.com/login. If you aren't logged in, the server responds ...
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Redirect 404 Sub Directories to the equivalent sub-domain

We're moving thousands of sub directories, to a sub domain. The exact same slug, but its a sub domain now. All of these sub directories are going to cause a 404. Using htaccess, how can I take the ...
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How to map many old URLs to a new host with a redirect under Apache cPanel?

I moved some of the content on my website to an external site. However, a lot of places on the Internet still link to the missing pages, resulting in 404 messages. What is the best method of ...
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How does Unicode hyphen character wind up in URL request?

I've had this rare situation (19 times in the past year, so not a lot) where a 404 turns up an attempted URL that appears to be valid, but differs from the actual URL in that the actual URL has one or ...
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Apache redirect all requests for file type to 404

I have some .inc files that I want blocked from being accessible via web pages. I want to simply redirect them to another page or throw a 404 when those files are accessed. I have tried this so far ...
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404 errors as a result of …/false urls

I have been reviewing 404 error logs on a WooCommerce site I have been working on (logs held within the website server) and there are a lot of requests to product pages which have /false on the end of ...
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Google Search Console Errors - Product Pages Using a Product Filter

OVERVIEW: I use a product filter on my WORDPRESS website so a user can search by make/model/year/transmission/drive/weight/etc... (this is not a question for a plugin developer - this is a Google ...
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Images from googleusercontent.com giving 404

A few days ago, images from a website I maintain stopped being displayed in Gmail. The Google's Image Cache Proxy returns 404 on every image. I can confirm that they are accessible on the server ...
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What to do with malformed URLs crawled by Google and other bots?

Sometime back due to a bug on our website, we end up exposing below URLs to Google. By the time realised and fixed this issue on production. They were crawled by Google. /10695-Dilemma%20in%...
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How to handle 404-pages caused by missing translation on multilingual websites

I'm currently working on a customers multilingual website that has a language switch in the menu bar. On every blog article you can click that switch. However, some articles don't have a translations. ...
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Using a tag on a single WordPress post creates a 404 page, how do I make that better for Google?

I have a post (WordPress) that I've tagged with a single keyword. It's the only post that has that tag. In reviewing my internal links using screaming frog, I noticed that I had a 404 error if I ...
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404 pages from the old site end up redirecting to the home page of the new site, why?

I am currently moving a domain from one to the other, this is not an HTTPS move but rather a move from exampleone.co.uk to exampletwo.co.uk. I am using this code: <IfModule mod_rewrite.c> ...
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How to see where links to 404 pages are found in Google Search Console?

I've found the Google Search Console report where it lists all the 404 Not Found Errors on the site. But when I click into each URL, it doesn't tell me WHERE on the website these links are actually ...
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MediaWiki: What HTTP Status Code it returns for non existent web pages?

Take these MediaWiki web pages for example: https://ecowiki.org.il/wiki/Aaaaaaaaaa https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MAKMAKMAK http://www.foodtech-portal.eu/index.php?title=Special:PdfPrint&...
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Apache ErrorDocument returns 404 in place of 302

I have a Directory and DirectoryMatch declaration with ErrorDocument as <Directory "/Images/folder"> Options FollowSymLinks AllowOverride None Order allow,deny ...
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How to find source page that generated 404 error

I have a Wordpress site and I'm looking for a way to identify which pages in my site contain links to pages that generate 404 errors in GSC. I tried the first solution in this SE post but found ...
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Nonexistant /408.shtml and /403.shtml URLs being requested on WordPress site

The top two most commonly requested nonexistent pages on my WordPress website are the following: /408.shtml (3500 times) /403.shtml (470 times) I use the Redirection plugin to track 404 requests, ...
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What is the SEO impact in using 404 page to show content?

I am working on a site that shows content for cities, neighborhoods, zip codes, etc. User can type http://example.com/miami or http://example.com/33101. Each page is created dynamically. My site ...
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Switching canonical url when page returns 404

I have some pages that have a short lifespan; this includes careers entries, landing pages and so on. Currently when these are no longer available, they return a 404. When these pages expire to a ...
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IIS7 rewrite rule triggers 404 rather than redirecting to new pagw

We recently replaced most of our default pages from default.htm to default.asp. Rewrite rules work fine if it's a sub-folder, e.g. example.com/help/default.asp where the default.htm was deleted. If ...

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