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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Does Search Console 404s from relative path links affect Crawl Budget?

Search Console is reporting 404s for URLs that don't exist on my site. However, GoogleBot seems to be crawling a URL by guessing a page based off of relative paths in my links. For example: I have a ...
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Google Search Console: existing sitemap not found [duplicate]

Google search console (at Crawl -> Sitemaps) gives me General HTTP error: 404 not found errors after I upload the sitemap.xml to my website. When I click the link generated in the search console, it ...
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What is it called when a web server returns arbitrary content with 200/OK when the client requests nonexistent directories or files?

Example: Client: GET http://www.example.com/nonexistent/foo Server: 200 OK <html... "Foo has three products in their Favorites list."... accompanied by three arbitrary products from other parts ...
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Would this .htaccess alone cause 404 and 500 errors?

My site is down and depending on what I change I get a 500 error or a 404 or a "Forbidden you are not authorized" error. In checking my .htaccess files I found a strange one: <IfModule !...
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Crawler says, page not found, but browser says otherwise

I'm stumped. Google has been reporting increasing numbers of 404 errors for my website. But my site is static. Ok. Maybe they just finding more as different chunks are scanned. At the same time,...
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WordPress with SOFT 404 in Google Search Console (WMT) What causes Q82019309.com?

My brothers site that I designed for him awhile has hundreds of SOFT 404's reported in Google's Search Console formerly Webmaster Tools. Generally I find fixing soft 404 easy but this has me a little ...
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Should out-of-range pagination query produce a 404?

The answer seems like a plain-as-day yes, but I'd rather have a more certain idea. Should an out-of-range pagination query, e.g. 11 of 10, produce a 404? I'm working on a React.js application where ...
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How does this link redirect? [closed]

Following this link in a web browser http://www.esdc.gc.ca/en/cpp/post_retirement/eligibility.page eventually leads to https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/publicpensions/cpp/cpp-post-retirement/...
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404 attack with non existent URLs

Today I checked my google search console and found few interesting 404. All those pages never existed on my site. Funny thing is that it didn't scan for some vulnerable php files. It looked like some ...
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Why is Google Search Console saying my 404 errors are linked from pages that are long gone?

Please Note: I'm not asking what to do here. I'm asking why this is happening, in order to understand Google Search Console's behaviour. So this has been driving me nuts for weeks. I've made repeated ...
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Is Google responsible for th1s_1s_a_4o4.html?

I checked the archives of the site but I was unable to see an answer to my question. Recently I've been researching who is responsible for th1s_1s_a_4o4.html but some of the forums seem to suggest ...
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Receiving a 404 error when hosting a WordPress site with Google Cloud [closed]

This is my first time using the Google Cloud Launcher to host WordPress. I paid someone from Upwork to configure all of this in order to save time. Not sure they did it properly. I see none of the A ...
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Is it bad for SEO to return a 404 for a page that is temporarily unavailable instead of a redirect to the home page?

Imagine a site that contains 100's of 'homepages' for merchants. (e.g. www.example.com/cool_merchant) Some of these pages may exist for long periods, build up a nice SEO presence, and then be ...
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CNAME pointing towards a Heroku page isn't working

I have a CNAME for www.mywebsite.com pointing towards example.herokuapp.com, and the original Heroku page is working just fine. However the CNAMEd website (www.mywebsite.com) is showing a Herokuapp ...
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How to discover the referrals to 404 error pages in Google Analytics?

I want to know the source of traffic which is directing people and bots to a page that does not exist on the site. As a result they are being getting to a 404 page. How can I find this info using ...
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Google notified me that I have a sudden spike in 404's, but they are pages that don't exist

I'm pretty puzzled by this, so any direction would be helpful. The only thing hosted on this server is basically two word press instances with my personal site and another. Everything's been great, ...
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Where should I redirect users from deleted pages?

A site I work on has a lot of 404 errors. Right now a 404 page is displayed. I want to do a 301 redirect for such posts. Where should I redirect the pages to?
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Is using the Product Types Ontology with Schema.org still valid? 404 Errors

You may have noticed my recent posts about Schema, as I am in the process of improving my local signals with search engines. If you haven't then don't worry here is just some of relevant Schema JSON-...
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Display recently added products on 404 page

Is it ok to display recently added products on 404 page? What are the best practices? Does Google like it? Sure the main message would be "Page not found".
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Apache ErrorDocument based on folder

I'm using XAMPP with Apache 2.4.18. My client have 3 divisions of their work (they do 3 different things so they have 3 divisions inside of the website). So the URL is like this: clientName.domain/...
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Why Am I Getting a Large Number of 404 Errors From One IP Address

I am getting a large number of 404 errors from a single IP address. Should I be worried, what can I do about it?
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Google crawl errors after deleting old site

I deleted my old site entirely and made a new site 8 months ago. But still in the crawl errors section of Google Search Console, a lot of 404 and not found errors appear. All the URLs are for the ...
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Getting a bunch of URLs that ive never had on my site showing up in search console > crawl errors > not found

Ive got a bunch of URLs showing up in search console > crawl errors > not found. These urls are not proper pages but rather a pages like mysite.com/sdfhjuyhbn.html or mysite.com/wpimages/...
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Automatic redirect of all deleted webpages (that doesn't have a specific redirection) to root?

I want to create an automatic 301 redirect of all deleted webpages (that doesn't have a specific redirection) to root, in .htaccess . Instead of using the following pattern for each of my ~ 150 ...
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Error HTTP 404 can eliminate indexing of a page?

In recent weeks I'm recording a decrease of indexing my site: In 10/09/2016: Submitted => 921 Indexed => 654 Yesterday 23/09/2016: Submitted => 1129 Indexed => 598 Two months ago I created a ...
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Do 404 and 403 errors listed in Google Search Console affect SEO ranking?

I'm prerendering a Angular app for SEO. When I check in the webmaster tool, there are a few hundred 404 and 403 errors. Will this affect my SEO ranking?
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Does it hurt SEO to have a language redirect before 404?

I have a Django website with activated translation middleware for several languages. If a user tries to open example.com/abc this happens: the middleware detects the user language (from cookie, ...
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Google reports a sudden increase in 404 errors from crawling pages

My server went down for a couple days.(2-3 august) 15 days later, Google Webmaster Tools notified me of increase in 404 errors. The problem is that Google reports 70,000 error pages while it has ...
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Unexplainable non-existing page requested for months

While I am quite familiar with bots requesting well-know pages as used for WordPress and phpMyAdmin on any site the can reach, I'm now dealing with a bot requested a page I really can't explain. For ...
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Why is Googlebot calling an AJAX method with GET rather than POST?

I have an AJAX call on my site that does a POST and returns data. Googlebot is crawling these URLs but it is attempting to use a GET method rather than a POST. This is causing hundreds of 404 error ...
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Google bot hits on files 'apple-app-site-association' and 'assetlinks.json' showing up in Google Webmasters as pages with errors

I've seen a number of posts on this but none really answer the question of why Google Bots specifically are trying to access the following on ALL of my sites, every single one of them... /.well-known/...
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GWT finds non-existent urls and says they come from whitin

On our website, Google Analytics says the page http://www.example.com/culturel/index.php exists. But it doesn't and we return a 404 (visually and as a HTTP response). The correct page is: http://www....
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Should I redirect all strange URLs in Google Webmaster Tools?

Sometimes strange URLs pop up in Google Webmaster Tools. URLs that I know no one link to, like: http://example.com/apple-app-site-association My site is not about apple, apps or site association. I ...
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What to do with unwanted URLs that link to my website?

A few days ago, my site was affected by malware. There were lot of URLs that linked to my site and the malware used to redirect to some place. I have gotten rid of all the malware, but still there are ...
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Google message about 404 errors caused by social details appended to the URL, should I be worried?

I realize this is a topic which has been discussed to infinity, and there are some great posts to be found on here regarding 404 problems. I read this post, and while very informative it did not ...
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Removing Forum & Forum Pages From Site

I added a forum on my website which I had high hopes for, however, it is clear that those hopes are unfortunately not going to develop. I received 100'000+ visitors last month (humblebrag) with only ...
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404's from nonexistent URL

I've been having some indexing issues that I've had a development team working on trying to fix for a week but no progress has been made. The site has an overwhelming amount of 404 errors as ...
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Google sitelinks not getting generated

Even though our website is indexed by google, sitelinks are not getting generated. It's been almost 2 years now and still not sitelinks. Google webmaster tools has a lot of 404 errors. Are these 404 ...
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Request for an existing file causes 404 error

A customer cannot access a file that I put online for him, or the folder that it is in. Requests for both the folder (/bastide) and the file (/bastide/coupon%20d'engagement.pdf) return 404 errors. I ...
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Search Console Fetch Not Found and Redirect

When fetching a URL in Search Console i get 3 results; success, redirect and not found. Can I ignore the redirect warnings or is Google telling me there is a problem? The not found pages; I can not ...
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WordPress creating URLs which are not found

For each post or page I create, WordPress creates URLLs like this: about-us/timcoetzee about-us/thesportingfreak@gmail.com contact-us/@sportingfreak sa-might-never-host-major-sports-tournament/...
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I get 404 error in google webmaster from unknown php page

In my wallpaper website that i code myself in php.There i get 404 error in google crawling.These errors are from unknow page like details.php?image_id=121&sessionid=...
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Pages accessed ending in /mobile

Since April 16th I've been getting alerts regarding a high number of 404s to pages that do exist on our website, but with /mobile appended. For example: www.mysite.com/some-page/mobile There appears ...
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Unknown files appearing in my website 404 error page list without a referring URL

I've been seeing lots of entries in my 404 error page lists in my shared hosting account, which are attempts to hit sub URLs on my 'static' website, such as (usually with no referring URL): /\xef\xbf\...
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404s due to [GPT_URL] at the end of URL

I get a lot of 404s on several of my wordpress posts. All the 404 links have [GPT_URL] at the end. Examples: www.example.com/post-1/[GPT-URL] www.example.com/post-2/[GPT-URL] www.example.com/post-3/[...
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Looking for explanation of Apache behavior on manipulating headers

Tried to get an answer at ServerFault - they don't know, all real gurus are sitting here. The background of the issue: Googlebot creates non-existing URLs and tries to crawl them. On some URLs Apache ...
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What drops faster from the google index? A page that 301 redirects to another one or one that gives a 404 error?

What kind of page drops faster from Google's index? One that is 301 redirected to another page or one that gives a 404 status? In regards to the first option I would expect the new page to take the ...
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Google Webmaster finding url with redirects

I have been scratching my head about this for months, we have about 100 Not found links with 404 response codes. The response code is correct as these pages do no exist anymore, however the thing ...
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Why is a map page reported as a “soft 404” in Google Search Console?

I'm trying to debug Soft 404 errors in Search Console. The Soft 404's keep appearing. If I try to "Fetch as Google" it seems like they returns a valid response. HTTP/1.1 200 OK Server: TornadoServer/...
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Googlebots request types

Does Google's bot send HEAD requests as well as GET requests? I wondering about this because I'm running a Tornado application that does not support HEAD request and I have a lot of 404 errors in ...