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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Should 404 pages feature in your sitemap.xml

I tend to generate the sitemaps for my static sites (no CMS) by using a service such as xml-sitemaps.com. They way this works if you input your homepage and it crawls all the internal links of a site ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Undefined 404's not logging

Our custom 404 page sends us Emails to notify us of broken links. We've been lately getting emails with such a missing page: http://domain.com/undefined However, no log entries (IIS) exist on that ...
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Is it OK to give status 404 to unauthorized users?

In recent months I have come across several sites, which give a 404 status/error page, when there should be 403 or maybe 401. For example, I have a private repository on github.com with link: https:/...
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404 crawl error for mailto:info@mydoamin.co.uk in Google Webmaster Tools

I'm getting a 404 crawl error for mailto:info@mydoamin.co.uk, in Google webmaster tools under the health > crawl errors. Surly Google should see that mailto: is related to an email not a webpage.. ...
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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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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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Is serving a blank page rather than a 404 error bad for SEO?

My website is set up in such a way such that any rubbish URL (e.g. example.com/asdfgh) will get a blank page and not a 404 error. I am not sure if its bad or good for SEO. Could you let me know what ...
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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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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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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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SEO: best way to deal with short lifetime URLs?

I am currently in the process of redesigning a job advert site and am trying to put a lot more effort into my SEO. My question is how should I deal with the URLs that point to job adverts when the ...
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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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Images work directly in image folder with IIS but give 404 in subfolders of that directory

Hi I need some help with configuring our IIS (8.0) to allow images to be delivered from the image folder and all its subfolders. Our web.config is located in the root. We then serve most files from ...
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.htaccess rule to use a separate 404 page for subdirectory

I've made a subsite which runs under example.com/subsite - ideally from an architecture point of view it would be under a subdomain, but we wanted the links to come back to the main domain. The sub ...
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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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"File does not exist" in apache error log

This is an example of an error in out log file: File does not exist: /var/www/website/female, referer: http://www.example.com/female/dresses/A-Dress-Black /female does not physically exist, because ...
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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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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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Weird URL in the search console reports with domain name appended to the end [duplicate]

We have been fixing some issues according to the Google Search Console reports. However we have come across an issue that we don't know where to look for fixing. As you can see in the image, google ...
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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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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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Files I should have on every website

I would like to have a list of files that should exist on every website. The idea is to please most browsers and bots and get down with the number of 404 messages in the logs. So far I have the ...
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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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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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How to fix this 404 soft error?

I have a static HTML website. www.example.com/?12345 (this page doesn't exist) redirects to www.example.com and www.example.com/page.html?12345 redirects to www.example.com/page.html. I don't know ...
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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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Which HTTP response status code is most appropriate for a restricted URL?

I have a page on my website that's targeted at logged-in users only. Logged-out visitors shouldn't see the content. Imagine the page URL is example.com/upload/. In cases when users aren't ...

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