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A status assigned by google to links that don't return a 404 status but are based on the content suspected to be "Not found" pages.

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My 404 page is blocked for indexing

My 404 page is blocked when I request for indexing in webmaster. https://www.yarddiant.com/404.html Please see the screenshot
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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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Google Search Console Soft 404 for separate mobile and desktop URLs

I have a webiste with two different URLs for mobile and desktop. I linked everything with canonical and alternate tags and updated my sitemap.xml. But the Google Search Console keeps throwing "...
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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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Google Search Console reports Soft 404 on an Excel file

since mid of this month, an Excel file that used to be indexed in Google Search is reported as a Soft 404 on Search Console File: https://neoschronos.com/assets/lean-canvas.xls We have multiple ...
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SEO for pages with no content like cart, checkout, or "my account"

How do you optimize pages with no content for search engines. I have pages that are functional, but have no content like cart, checkout, "my account". I am using Yoast SEO
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Soft 404 error in Google Search Console for a new PHP based website using AWS CloudFront

I created a new PHP based website. I enabled AWS CloudFront on top of it. When I am doing a URL Inspection on it using Google Console, I am getting a soft 404 error. It's reporting: URL is not ...
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Adding noindex to xrobots to remove Request URL Soft 404

Bit of a technical question here that I'm working on with my dev. I have a load of Ajax request URL's appearing in Search Console as soft 404's. These requests are for buttons on the page i.e. '...
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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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PWA keeps being delisted as "Soft 404"

Our main root domain for our PWA is here: https://editor.construct.net There are many versions of the product, all accessible in sub folders, EG: https://editor.construct.net/r150/ https://editor....
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Google indexing shows 'Soft 404' error on home page for Angular Site

We have a dynamic website built on Angular.js and node.js. The website's home page is not getting indexed on Google and gets a 'soft 404' error. Although the website is working fine and most of the ...
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Soft error 404 and submitted URL is blocked by Robots.txt

Soft error 404 and robots txt error:- we have recently submitted sitemap xml to Search console, but we got a warning stating 131 of the page links are softerror 404 and for the home site it says ...
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Google Search Console reporting soft-404 errors on pages full of content with correct 200 status

One of my websites has 131 soft-404 error pages listed in Google Search Console. Those pages are full of content and have changed recently. However, Google Search Console still says that the pages ...
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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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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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Soft 404 Question: Will It Impact Site Ranking If 404 Status Code is Sent on URL That Exist on Sitemap?

I have a site that have pages for certain category based on region. For example: /services/region1 /services/region2 and so on The content of these pages are user generated. So naturally some pages ...
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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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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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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 to get Soft 404 pages removed from Google index [duplicate]

We have weekly hundreds of events and corresponding event detail pages. Those event detail pages are gone after the event is over but the pages were still returning 200-FOUND (soft 404). To make the ...
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Do soft 404 errors on wiki sites caused by pages not yet created cause SEO problems?

I host a couple of wiki based sites, so there is a lot of content at various stages of generation, and lots of links to pages that have yet to be created. Of course, these links are generating soft ...
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Why is Google reporting CSV files as "soft 404"?

I have a few hundred soft 404 errors reported in Google Search Console. Almost all of them are for CSV files containing data. For example here is the HTTP response for one of them: HTTP/1.1 200 ...
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Soft 404 errors cause ranking drop or penalty?

I own a free press release website with over 15k articles. i am in the process of cleaning up the site for spam and have removed over 100 pages but it causes soft 404 errors in Google webmasters ...
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Why does Google Search Console think failed searches should return 404?

I have recently been getting a lot of errors in Google Search Console saying that my search page has a lot of soft 404s, because whenever it enters a search term into my site that returns no results, ...
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Wrong URL Requested But I know what they meant - 404 vs canonical vs 301 redirect

I'm using mod_rewrite to process variables in the URL. For many of my URLs the final portion of the string doesn't matter because I'm not using it. For instance: /review/company-25/jb-hunt I'm only ...
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After moving to Angular 2 + Universal Google is reporting soft 404s and removing pages from the index

We have recently moved our old website to a new platform using Angular 2 + Universal. The site is city-sightseeing.com and while it was fine at the beginning in the last weeks we are having issues ...
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Should I make pages NOINDEX if not results found

There are pages with search results on my website, like this this. Sometimes, there is no results (chatbots) to return and the page shows 'Found 0 bots' message. Those pages exist in the sitemap and ...
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Google Search Console reports increase in Soft 404's [duplicate]

I received an alert this morning from Google Search Console reporting that there has been a sharp increase in "Soft 404's". Here is an example of the url that is triggering the 404: search/%E5%A4%A7%...
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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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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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Will Google remove links restricted by the robots.txt from the soft 404 list?

I have updated a shop system to a newer version. I now get huge number of soft 404 errors in the Webmaster Tools because of links that have been indexed in the old version of that shop. I could lock ...
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What does "Soft 404" means in GWT?

I am having many "Soft 404" in my site. What is/are the reason behind this error? How can I stop having this error?
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How to fix “Soft 404" in GWT even though the page is ok [closed]

Why does Google Search Console report that this page is a soft 404, even though it's OK? https://www.tsikot.com/forums/showthread.php/72558-Mitsubishi-Pajero-Fieldmaster-(Gen-2.5)-continued/page55
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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 ...
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Soft 404, Fetch and Render showing js bundle temporarily unreachable

We recently launched a new page to our site. Previously our whole site has been in classic asp and this page is an angular SPA with asp.net on the backend. Since the launch of the new page our amount ...
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URL Dynamically changes after first edit

We are developing a magento eCommerce website with main category pages, sub-category pages and details page along with other static pages. Our condition is if any miss-spelled URLs entered directly ...
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Soft 404 for smartphones

We have redirected all non-existing pages to home page. It was fine for some days. Few days back i saw increase in the number of soft 404 errors for desktop. And the errors were the page urls that ...
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Google finding non existant URLs on my site and 301 redirects failing

I have been checking webmaster tools and found that Google has picked up some soft 404s. The weird thing is there are no such pages on my site and I dont know how Google has come up with these URLs. ...
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What's the smallest page size for Googlebot to not go "Soft 404"?

Google appears to have two documents for Soft 404: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/181708?hl=en&ctx=tltp https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/2409443?ctx=MCE&ctx=S4 ...
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How to fix "Soft 404" to firm 200 OK?

Some of the web-pages on my site are very slim. I've recently noticed that Google appears to qualify such pages as "Soft 404": The target URL doesn't exist, but your server is not returning a 404 ...
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Why is Google Webmaster Tools marking empty pages as Soft 404s?

I have a set of pages in user profiles which, depending on the user's actions, may or may not have any information on it. It's essentially a feed of the user's comments. Some users add comments, some ...
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Crawl errors appearing in Google Webmaster Tools with suspicious URLs cached

I am receiving Crawl Errors in my Google Webmaster Tools reports with some unique URLs that I am not understanding. For Example: http://www.example.com/portfolio/?cat_url=custom-cms This page ...
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Robot.txt can get all soft404s fixed?

I got many soft404 in Google webmaster Tools, and those webpages aren't existing any more. thus I am unable to insert <meta name="robots" content="noindex, nofollow"> into ...
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I got a lot of indexed soft 404 pages they actually don’t exist

I just saw in my WMT that I have a lot of indexed soft 404 pages. They all starts with mysite.com/index.php/somepage.. The problem is that I don't have not a single page starts with index.php. Can ...
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Can Campaign URL tags cause a soft 404 error?

I was checking out one of my company's website's Webmaster Tools to analyze the cause behind some soft 404 errors and discovered that a few of the older errors had affiliate mp referral tags listed as ...
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How do I stop Soft 404 errors from piling up for "No Results" page?

Recently, I noticed that I have a growing list of Soft 404 errors in Google Webmaster Tools. They are all for dynamically generated search result pages that report "No matches found". I do understand ...
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Why does Google report a soft 404 when I redirect to the signup page?

In the last month, I've got an increased number of "soft 404" errors reported by Google webmaster tools which actually work well for users. Configuration (maybe useless): I have a website built with ...
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The number of soft 404 errors is increasing because of redirects to the home page

I have an increase in soft 404 errors. Using Apache in my .htaccess file I have: Redirect 301 /test.html‎ /page/pop/test Redirect 301 /about.html‎ /about I have also tried: Redirect 301 http://...
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