Soft 404 errors Wiki


Soft 404 errors Wiki




Description of 404 :


A soft 404 means that a URL on your site returns a page telling the user that the page does not exist and also a 200-level (success) code to the browser. (In some cases, instead of a "not found" page, it might be a page with little or no usable content--for example, a sparsely populated or empty page.)


Soft 404 errors Wiki

What should I do?


  • If your page is no longer available, and has no clear replacement, it should return a 404 (not found) or 410 (Gone) response code. Either code clearly tells both browsers and search engines that the page doesn’t exist. You can also display a custom 404 page to the user, if appropriate: for example, a page containing list of your most popular pages, or a link to your home page. 
  • If your page has moved or has a clear replacement, return a 301 (permanent redirect) to redirect the user as appropriate. 
  • Use Fetch as Google (or other tools available on the web) to verify whether your URL is actually returning the correct code.



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