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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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Is it good SEO to meta refresh / JavaScript an error page to my homepage?

At present my website has out of service URLs after migrating from Wordpress. Google's report sees those pages. Is it bad, neutral, or good for Google's purposes to have, say, a 404 page with a meta ...
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indexation and Canonical URL Issue with Personal GitHub-hosted Site on Google Search

I encountered an issue with my personal site hosted on GitHub, as it does not appear in Google search results. Upon investigating Google Search Console, I received the message: "The page is not ...
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Bots trying to crawl non-existant movie related pages which appear to be from IMDB on my project management website

In the Visitors log in cPanel I can see that googlebot, semrushbot, yandex and others are trying to access non-existant urls. The urls are related to movies & actors and appear to be on IMDB. They ...
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Google Search Console reporting 404 errors on /page/x pages which is not a 404

hopefully someone here can shed a light on this. Search console on one of my site is reporting a 404 to a bunch of pages on my site but they are not actually 404s. Here's an example: examplesite.com/...
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How can I prevent DOS 404 attacks involving non-existent URLs?

One of my virtual hosts running Apache is experiencing an influx of over 30,000 IP connections attempting to access non-existent URLs. Here's an example log entry: 62.74.16.240 - - [13/Sep/2023:14:24:...
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Web site no longer displays and has been replaced by a page containing only "Index of..."

I have a web site hosted on a VPS that was working correctly until a few weeks ago. This domain is used primarily for email and that still works as it did previously. However, attempting to reach ...
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What does it mean, 404 page with noindex and non-self-referencing canonical?

I am confronted with a strange setup I never seen before - and I don't know, how to deal with it. Details: There is a bunch of no longer existing pages. All of them have Status code 404, Their ...
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Regarding Google Search Console report "Page Not Found"

I am currently doing SEO through Google Search Console for a company website. I am trying to solve website indexing issues, one of which is a 404 Error (page not found). While I do have the sitemap ...
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Webmaster Tools page inspection failed

In Bing Webmaster Tools I have inspected the homepage URL of my website. I get the following error: Crawl Last crawl attempted 27 Apr 2023 at 03:00 Crawl allowed? Yes Page Fetch Failed The Inspected ...
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"GET / HTTP/1.1" requests getting 404 from malicious agents and bots?

I was checking my server logs and I see some requests simply for "GET / HTTP/1.1" are getting 404 error but only from seemingly malicious users and bots. I thought 404 was only server-side ...
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What is the best practice to deal with url, content, meta and status code while serving a 404?

My question is about multiple aspects of serving a 404, while this question is only about an url. I see in the web multiple methods to serve a 404 in case a page becomes no longer working/found - but ...
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How to properly delete my pages that others linked to

I have a niche, active forum with some very good user content. Other websites happily link to it (organically) because it's actually useful, I'm doing no SEO, just following Google's official best ...
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Why is Bingbot making bogus requests and how can we tackle them?

Bingbot is making these bogus requests to resources that has never been a thing on our domain. We see the same behavior in client domains leading us to the conclusion this is not an inheritage from a ...
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How is Googlebot finding a 404 from a referring page that also doesn't exist?

I had a problem with a Japanese keyword hack a while ago and am still having 404 issues in GSC. I 410'd all pages that don't exist but am still having problems. Whenever I inspect a page that ...
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How to fix search console trying to get the 404 pages error?

I have Page indexing (Not found (404)) error report on Google search console for a while now(2 months). After made changes on the website, I removed those "hash" paths from the URLs. Right ...
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Website not getting redirected from non-www to www URL

I am getting the error "This page is unavailable", when I am opening my website without "www". The website loads perfectly otherwise example.in (Website Loads Fine) www.example.in ...
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What to do with unwanted URL parameters?

The majority of my pages do not use parameters. But users can always add them on. At the moment, I am ignoring most of them. I have started redirecting some of them to the home page. Bing has a few ...
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Should I always use 410 instead of 404?

A 410 HTTP header means the deleted content is gone forever. When I remove a page from my website, I never put it back and it is gone forever. I want Google to index nothing other than the existing ...
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Recreating content for 404 backlinks

I have bought a domain with a lot of backlinks from fairly high authority sites. Almost all of those 404 now, since the content no longer exists. In most cases I have to infer from the link what the ...
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Could a brand name called "Error 404" cause SEO issues?

This is a strange question, but I really struggled to find any decent info by searching for it. I have a client who has a new e-commerce product collection called "Error 404", and they want ...
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Googlebot is crawling unpublished pages from Adobe AEM and getting 404 errors

My company is currently using Adobe AEM as a CMS for our company website. We are currently having issues with 4xx errors appearing specifically 404 as unpublished pages are still being crawled. What ...
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custom 404 page not work Apache/2.4.51 if missing is in a virtual subdirectory (Debian)

this is my first question here, I hope to find a solution. I have a problem with page 404 when the missing page is in a sub "virtual" directory, is used to pass a value to php, in ...
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linking 404.htm to .htaccess

I have an old 2004 Dreamweaver website built on HTML. Tired of the analytics telling me I have a lot of 404s, I created a 404.htm page. How do I link the code in .htaccess to it so it will show up, ...
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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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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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