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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Can I create a custom 404 page with a parameter value?

I have a very basic website https://myappname.example with only a home page that allows users to go and download my app from Apple store or Google play. I have a use case when user can click on ...
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Are H1, title, and meta tags mandatory on a 404 error page?

404 error page is not used to enhance SEO (see: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/2445990), so does it really necessary to have the H1 tag, a page title, a meta description, and a ...
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Can I tell google to temporarily index certain pages? I don't know if I want it to be permanent

I have a new product I'm creating which will generate tons of content that I want indexed on google, however, if it turns out to not be as fruitful as I hope, I want to remove it. There won't be a ...
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Weird increase of url visited reported in Google Analytics

Oddly, there has been lately a very significant increase of 404 errors detected in Google Console Insights for some website I run. I checked Google Analytics for that website: the URLs that give the ...
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How can I use Google Analytics to find 404 pages?

I am trying to use Google Analytics to find 404 pages using the following set of instructions: To begin, go to Google Analytics and then navigate to Customization » Custom Reports. Now click on + New ...
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Is it bad for SEO to serve 404 errors for every route in you SPA? Is it okay to serve 200s instead of 404s every time?

I have a Vue SPA that is served from an S3. After deployment, the app is up and running correctly. Let's say, for instance, that the SPA serves the home page in www.foo.com and another page in www.foo....
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Found a lot of 404 Html Pages in Google Analytics, how to fix it?

I have found some 404 Html pages in my google analytics account, which have a good amount of traffic. But when I am checking my website or indexed pages, I can't see any missing pages myself when I am ...
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unable to access webpage on IOS devices

I am currently developing an IOT device that can connect to the internet but works offline as well. I have designed it so that when the user first connects to the wifi network run on the ...
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Weird bot requests in logs

I restored a website on a new server after it was down (mistakenly deleted) for a while, and it immediately got bombarded with requests to non-existing pages like /tissue-salts-for-weight-loss.html ...
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How should short-lived expired pages be handled for SEO?

I have classified ads website with 15,000 ads. Currently daily a lot of ads are deleted or expired so are no longer available. What is the best way for to manage this missing pages for search engines (...
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nginx configure error pages

Mostly that I need to be more familiar with the configuration of nginx and I have tried to search for an answer but have been unable to find one,I need to have all 401 403 and 404 errors directed to /...
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What is a robots.txt file and how can I use it

I want to use a robots.txt file for my website, which is currently displaying a 404 error when requesting it (e.g., https://www.example.com/robots.txt). How do I make one? There's no option to create ...
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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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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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