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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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How to protect my site's SEO reputation from random 404 backlinks [duplicate]

After I read some articles about SEO 404 issues, I found that 404 pages can hurt a site's SEO reputation. I think if Google finds a lot of 404 pages on a domain, Google will decrease its SEO rank for ...
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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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Weird URL in the search console reports

We have been fixing some issues according to the Google Search Console reports. However we have come accross an issue that we dont know where to look for fixing. As you can see in the image, google ...
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Screaming Frog reports “Mailto” link create 404 errors

A site I've built gets too many 404 errors with Screaming Frog All the 404 originate from the "mailto:" links on the site - for some reason the scan identifies non-exist pages which looks like this: ...
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Should I index 404.html in my “sitemap.xml” file?

I'm a beginner with websites and I want to know if the sitemap.xml file of my website should or shouldn't index the 404.html page, which is a custom 404 page. This question is quite similar to Should ...
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How to get Google to de-index all the old URLs that now return 404 status?

We are working on a website which has changed all their URLs. Right now, whenever people search on Google, the old URLs appear in the search results are not working. The URLs show 404 errors. The ...
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Google Search Console gives me 404 errors on tags I removed

I've recently deleted a lot of tags (www.example.com/tag/example) because they were either useless or ranking for keywords for which I have articles on (and I want to rank those). I checked the ...
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Ok to use meta noindex on 404 pages?

I have a custom 404.html file on my website that gets served with a 404 status code when a URL is not found, standard stuff. But if you visit the exact path /404.html on the server, the server says "...
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What determines which 404 errors gets listed on a website's Google Search Console?

If I put https://example.com/french-fries in a browser, I get a 404. Will that 404 get listed on example.com's Google Search Console? Or does /french-fries have to be a coded link, get crawled and ...
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Can Cloudflare redirect a referrer before they hit the site?

History I have a few WordPress sites that I manage and I've coded the 404 and 403 to email a dedicated account with hits to these pages. On a local machine daily the emails are compiled to a CSV and ...
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In Case of 404 Page should the url be 404 or we can change the content to 404 and url remains the same

I have a confusion regarding 404 Page Suppose I've a landing page: https://www.example.com/testing-page The page no longer exists so what should I do with it? Case 1: Should I redirect the URL to ...
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How to fix 404 error caused by WordPress attachment URLs? Using Yoast causes 404 errors

Right now I am using Yoast for SEO. I found 3000+ URLs indexed in Google Search Console, while I have just 100+ posts. By adding other stuff like tags and categories there should be around 300+ URLs. ...
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Reasons to use a custom 404 page that redirects with code vs a 301 redirect?

We are moving a website from Joomla to Mura and some of the pages are going to be located at different URLs. I can set up 301 redirects in the rules section of the web.config file in order to ...
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Maintain quality of web-appearance: Track number of html 404 responses to fix missing pages

This was probably discussed a lot of times, but I just don't know the technical term to search for this. Situation: Let's assume there are many external links pointing to pages in a certain domain A ...
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SEO - Custom error pages & status codes

My website uses a custom error page with the <meta name="robots" content="noindex"> meta tag. Am I right in thinking this tag will tell crawlers, such as Googlebot, to remove the page from ...
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404 to 301 Permanent Redirect a good idea?

I have a domain which I bought in 2013 and stopped working on it in 2015. I recently started to work on it again. The website had around 150 articles which I deleted a long time ago. While none of ...
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Does Google return to visit a page with 404 Error?

If a page indexed in Google shows a 404 Error, does Google return to visit it again? In other words, if a page that was indexed in Google continue to show the 404 Error for several years, will ...
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How to have .htaccess display 404.html for child pages

I am working on a website example.com that has an error page example.com/404.html. Here's my entire .htaccess file (Apache): # Forces HTTPS RewriteEngine On RewriteCond %{HTTPS} !=on RewriteRule ^(....
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Google Search Console is showing a 404 warning for a deleted blog post

I had originally submitted it in Google Search Console so it could be indexed. I have deleted my blog post. After deleting, it is showing me a "404 Not Found" warning for that blog post. What should ...
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“Invalid response” when returning a HTTP 404 page via Cloudflare

My website is using Cloudflare in order to enable SSL (free SSL is not available on my host, Hostgator). Everything seems to be working fine, except when I return a 404 page. That results in This ...
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A website has more than 5000 404 Errors, is this a problem? [duplicate]

I have a website of one of my clients that allows the user to delete pages by themselves with a form. When a page is deleted the website generates a 404 Error. The deleted pages total about 5000, and ...
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Is it necessary to handle every 404 reported in Google Search Console?

Is it necessary to handle every 404 reported in Google Search Console? used/hyundai-cars/page-143/undefined/ There was a bug in JavaScript which was forming such wrong URLs. These errors are fixed ...
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Why? My website is not showing “cache option” in search result [duplicate]

Plz guide me. Why? my website is not showing "cache option" in search result. when I check Ex- (Cache: http://example.com ) then it shows - "404. That’s an error." URLs are indexed & no any ...
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55.000 index pages, 404 cached versions [duplicate]

All pages are being 404 cached on google? Currently we are using cloudflare, which I dont think is causing the problem, but you never know. Does anyone know how to understand the problem and what ...
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All pages from my site are showing a 404 error in the Google cache from search results [duplicate]

For the last 30 days, all internal pages of my website have been showing 404 error in the Google cache. When I click on 'Cached' on any page, it shows below error message: The requested URL /search?...
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SEO impact of changing versions (and names) of external CSS

A website of mine uses a WordPress plugin for CSS minification. The plugin regenerates the CSS file on every update to the style-sheet. When it does, the plugin also changes the version and hence name ...
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Google Webcache 404 error [duplicate]

We recently migrated our web platform from php application to nodejs react application. Ever since we are facing a major drop in organic traffic from google search. While debugging found an issue ...
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Google Search Console Crawl 404 linked Error from strange Website [duplicate]

Image: The error is displayed because the URL has added the symbol ; at the end. /wp-content/uploads/2018/06/iuiuiuiuiuiui.pdf; (incorrect) If we remove the symbol ; the URL it works normally. /...
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Should I return 404 from dynamic product page if product no longer exists?

Background: In my ASP.NET (Episerver) site, I have one product page whose content varies based on the product code parameter: www.mysite.com/product/[productcode] There aren't multiple physical ...
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Broken links in wordpress due to .htaccess

I was playing around with the .htaccess file on my site, and though the homepage works. All links are broken, showing 404 error. I also cannot click on anything but the homepage. If it matters here ...
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Google Search Console Crawl 404 Error for some wp-content directories even when those directories contain files

Here is a picture of my Google Search Console: When I try to click at the url for example error 18: wp-content/uploads/2016/01/ Appear File not found. Of course inside the path (wp-content/uploads/...
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Re-writing static website in angular 6. Will default 404 route hurt SEO?

Let us say our previous website was a WordPress application with links like example.com/about-us that served up static pages. Well now our application is an Angular 6 SPA being served in IIS through ...
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How best to handle a common mis-spelling of my domain name?

My surname is Kirkby, but very often people mis-spell it, by leaving out the second 'k' and so spell it as Kirby. My domain name is kirkbymicrowave.co.uk, but I took a guess that a few people at ...
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What could cause occasional continued 404 errors that were originally triggered by high website traffic?

I have a website where one page received huge traffic in one moment, causing errors 404. Next day, traffic returned to normal but some percent of this page visitors still receive this error (5-10%). ...
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Google Console 404s for non-existent URLs (…/0)

Google Console is telling me that I have a quite a few 404s on my site. For example, it tells me the following is a 404: https://www.ThisIsMySite.com/accessories/0 There pages where it tells me I'm ...
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What to do with non exist page? 404 vs 410 vs deindex such type of url

Currently, in webmaster search console tool, we have some errors in NotFound for which page currently does not exist on our site and there is no 'Linked from' option for this type of URL.(this type of ...
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404 Crawl Error to almost all pdf files

The website is built in wordpress. I do not have than much experience, so I need your help. Once I entered at “Search Console” at “Crawl Errors” tab I saw that all “404 errors” are in “wp-content/...
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nginx proxy pass to standalone application

I'm trying to use pass traffic which is going to www.example.com/subfolder to a standalone application running on the same machine. Here is what I have: server { listen 80 default_server; ...
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Google doesn't send me to correct robots.txt directory

So I want to set a robots.txt in my site. Pretty straight forward place in root directory and good. But Google spits out a 404 error telling me the robots.txt is not in the place it expects. Not ...
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/404.html being requested by different IP addresses - Is this a new form of attack?

On some of our sites /404.html is being requested by different IP addresses, every second or so. The request is not accompanied by other resources loading on the page and will quite often then ...
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404 error for pages that working fine on google search console

I have a website that has over 2 million pages, for some time now I am seeing on google search console 404 errors for pages that are working fine and that I know for a fact were working fine before we ...
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After changing WordPress themes, search console reports 404s for existing URLs that can be rendered as well as many images

The site is now showing increasing numbers of 404s for the URL that are there - both in the URL and can be fetched and rendered. The problems started about two weeks ago with the Divi theme - it wasn'...
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I have three virtualhosts on my WAMP Stack, one works, the other gets 404'd

Hi everyone I'm new both to this site and to backend web stuff. Thank you in advance for any and all help. Like I said in my title, I have three vhosts, two of which I can point the browser towards ...
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URL in sitemap with 404 error. Strange parameter at the end of the URL

in my sitemap generated with SEO Yoast, there are some URL in 404 error. In the image you can see a strange parameter at the end of the URL. The sitemap is "attachment-sitemap1.xml", so there are ...
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410 or 404 or 301 for SEO for old pages after changing URLs in a site update?

Our site have around 2.1M pages indexed at Google. We made a change to the URL for the indexed pages, for managing international changes, that reflects change in almost all indexed pages. When the new ...
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404 status code for HTTP/2

How does a correct 404 status code look like on using HTTP/2 protocol? HTTP/1.1 404 Not Found seems to be for the previous protocol version, but I can't find anywhere something meaningful about status ...
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404 or 302 Redirect - what to use for a url which may be used in the future but not available at the moment

My site lists blogs like this example.com/?status=blog&id=number I only have 3 blogs now (id=1, id=2 and id=3). I checked my log files and saw that search bots are manipulating the URLs and ...
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Subdomain 404 Errors Isuue

I have a dual language news website. I have found a number of 404 errors in example.com which URLs should be in en.example.com, these are actually English content but showing in example.com (Bengali) ...
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Google doesn't recognize a 404 status code

There are 404 pages with two kinds of response headers (copypasted in full length from Chrome DevTools, Network tab): Response headers: cache-control:max-age=0, no-store content-type:text/html date:...