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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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it and get the 404 errors. Despite the fact that it was a heuristic (not a actual broken link) that caused Googlebot to find the 404, Google will report these 404 errors in Google Webmaster Tools … . The good news is that this doesn't hurt your site at all. The only down side is that it clutters up this report and makes it hard for you to find any real 404 issues. You could mitigate this by …
answered Mar 4 '15 by Stephen Ostermiller
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If you removed the pages you should expect that they now return "404 Not Found" status. Google alerts you to 404 errors in case you removed pages accidentally. When you purposefully removed pages … and Google reports "404 Not Found" crawl errors, there is nothing you need to do. That is expected behavior. It is a common fallacy that your Google Search Console needs to be error free. That just …
answered Jan 31 by Stephen Ostermiller
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When a job goes away don't take down the page. Remove it from the listing of available jobs. Put a big notice at the top of the page that says This position has already been filled Here are the …
answered Mar 7 '13 by Stephen Ostermiller
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You should do nothing. If you deleted a page that Google used to index, you should expect to see a "404 Page Not Found" warning in Google Search Console. Google has already de-indexed that page … and is letting you know that it has done so. Google shows that warning in case the deletion was accidental and you need to fix your page. As long as you meant to delete the page, A 404 error won't …
answered Sep 4 '18 by Stephen Ostermiller
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me, but my guess is that they were when you took the screenshots. The 404 error probably indicates that the destination machine is not configured to serve content for the domain name that you are …
answered Feb 13 '16 by Stephen Ostermiller
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Your original rewrite rule will work. You just need to modify index.php to return a 404. You just need to include this line at the top header("Status: 404 Not Found"); At that point, your … PHP script will be responsible for writing the content of the error page. You will have implemented a custom 404. …
answered Feb 19 '14 by Stephen Ostermiller
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pages from showing up in the search engine, your 404 errors will do the job. It may take Google a day to remove the page from the index after Googlebot crawls it next. If you want it removed faster … , return a "410 Gone" status instead. Google removes 410 pages immediately after crawling them instead of waiting a day. Google doesn't remove 404 pages immediately to prevent web masters from shooting …
answered Jun 3 '14 by Stephen Ostermiller
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about Google's big memory for 404 pages. You say that you already removed the URLs from the sitemap. That is good. If you hadn't already done so, that would be the first step. You don't want to … "404 Not Found" error pages on your site is not a problem. Google's John Mueller says: 404 errors on invalid URLs do not harm your site’s indexing or ranking in any way. It doesn’t matter if …
answered Feb 26 '16 by Stephen Ostermiller
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Broken internal links are "worth fixing" according to Google's John Mueller. He works on Webmaster Tools and Sitemaps and he has the following to say about 404 errors that appear in Webmaster tools … : HELP! MY SITE HAS 939 CRAWL ERRORS!!1 I see this kind of question several times a week; you’re not alone - many websites have crawl errors. 404 errors on invalid URLs do not harm …
answered Jun 4 '15 by Stephen Ostermiller
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Redirects to the home page show up in Google Webmaster Tools as "soft 404 errors" in the error reports. Google will not pass Pagerank to what it considers to be "errors." If you want to preserve Pagerank, you will need to find a more related replacement than just the home page. …
answered Dec 24 '13 by Stephen Ostermiller
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Here is what Google's John Mueller (who works on Webmaster Tools and Sitemaps) has to say about 404 errors that appear in Webmaster tools: HELP! MY SITE HAS 939 CRAWL ERRORS!!1 I see this … kind of question several times a week; you’re not alone - many websites have crawl errors. 404 errors on invalid URLs do not harm your site’s indexing or ranking in any way. It doesn’t matter …
answered Dec 1 '13 by Stephen Ostermiller
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I would not recommend setting different DocumentRoots that are subdirectories of each other. Rather each site should have its own independent directory. I'd change your first virtual host to: Do …
answered Jun 18 '18 by Stephen Ostermiller
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According to the GitHub documentation on custom 404s you are out of luck: Custom 404s only work when they are served from the root of a Pages domain, for example a project using a custom domain or …
answered Jan 12 '14 by Stephen Ostermiller
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That could indicate that your site had some sort of technical problem for a while that is now resolved. Examples might include: DNS pointing to the wrong server (which returns 404 errors for your …
answered Nov 15 '13 by Stephen Ostermiller
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removed from Google's index within a day, but it may take as much as two months for Googlebot to crawl all 100,000 old URLs. After crawling a 404 status URL, Googlebot gives it a 24 hour grace period and … your 500 best pages right now, that would make a huge difference to your SEO and user experience. If you leave those URLs as 404 status, Googlebot will continue to come back and check on them …
answered Feb 5 by Stephen Ostermiller

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