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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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First things first, not all 404 errors are bad, the fact that a 404 error is coming up means that your server is doing the right thing and returning a 404 page not found error for the request. Why … domain is not registered anywhere. 404 errors from someone clicking on one of these links is very common and nothing to be worried about at all. If the content has just been moved to another location …
answered Oct 14 '16 by Chris Rutherfurd
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404 errors occur all the time and there is no need to be concerned. The only time that you really need to do anything is if the 404 error is for a page that is meant to be there in which case you …
answered Jul 7 '16 by Chris Rutherfurd
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Based on your edit there is no cause for concern. 404 errors are very common in the search console simply due to the fact that someone somewhere has linked to that page. It could also be the … as that is how it may be setup but with a rewritten URL such as what wordpress does this can cause issues only in the sense that you will see a large number of 404 errors. Basically there is no need to worry about it and it isn't going to affect your SERP rankings. …
answered Jul 7 '16 by Chris Rutherfurd
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exist then you would send a HTTP 404 header and output a standard HTML page stating that the site requested does not exist. This would both present a friendly page for the user to see the site doesnt …
answered Jul 10 '16 by Chris Rutherfurd
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Most commonly unknown 404's come from third party linking either mis-spelling a link, or as appears in this case, randomly creating a whole heap of links in the hope that something links. Basically … it is safe to ignore these 404 errors. The fact that GWT shows them as 404 errors means in all likelihood your 404's are correctly returning hard 404's that Google can detect. …
answered Mar 2 '17 by Chris Rutherfurd
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A check of the Google Product forum encountered someone who had a similar issue. The issue was that the site was returning an x-robots-tag HTTP header specifying not to index the page. This is often …
answered Oct 14 '16 by Chris Rutherfurd
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The first thing you need to understand is that if the blog post doesn't exist at all then when Googlebot tries to access it you will receive a 404 error in the search console. In addition even if you … index the page again causing the 404 errors to show up. 404 errors are generally no problem, the only reason Google alerts you to 404 errors on your site is in case the page is meant to be there and …
answered Jul 7 '16 by Chris Rutherfurd
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By and large these appear to be innocent. From the looks of things other than the search post which appears as though it is more than likely legitimate either the user is refreshing the page constantl …
answered Oct 14 '16 by Chris Rutherfurd
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Googlebot only performs POST requests under very limited circumstances where it is believed by the Googlebot that it is safe and appropriate. Google takes precautions to avoid performing tasks on a si …
answered Jul 19 '16 by Chris Rutherfurd
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The file which is being requested is a json file used by some websites to map certain sections of the site and certain pages to a native app so that going into those sections or pages will automatical …
answered Jul 5 '16 by Chris Rutherfurd
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All of these files which are being checked for including the /\xef\xbf\xbd\xef\xbf\xbd\xef\xbf\xbd\xef\xbf\xbd which you mention in your last comment are attempts by attackers to identify common files …
answered Apr 18 '16 by Chris Rutherfurd
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A redirect is by definition a 302 header code which will result in a new request. 404 error pages should never redirect anywhere as they are an end of the line code. In addition if you where to do … this and redirect the user to the homepage with a 404 error that would cause all sorts of issues later on down the track as search engines would treat your homepage as a 404 not found error page …
answered Jul 9 '16 by Chris Rutherfurd
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There are a range of plugins you can add to your WordPress installation which will trigger a 404 error instead of redirecting to the homepage when a page could not be found. I am not going to … recommend one as ProWebmasters is not designed for recommending software or plugins but what I will do is give you this link http://www.lmgtfy.com/?q=wordpress+hard+404+plugin which will take you the Google search for hard 404 plugins for WordPress. …
answered Jul 7 '16 by Chris Rutherfurd
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You can't just set a CNAME and hope for the best when it comes to Heroku. You actually need to log into the Heroku admin panel and configure the CNAME record that you are creating so that Heroku knows …
answered Apr 18 '17 by Chris Rutherfurd
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404 errors on your site don't affect SEO in the sense that having too many 404's will reduce your ranking, there is however a caveat to this and that third party links to your site which terminate at … 404 pages won't pass link juice and so your rank won't improve from that link, certainly not the end of the world for only one or two links but when you are talking about a large number of links …
answered Apr 15 '16 by Chris Rutherfurd