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What does a site 404 error mean? How can it be fixed?

The most well-known HTTP status code, Error404 (404 Not Found, Response Code 404), indicates that there is no pre-existing page. A 404 error simply means that a page is unavailable or remote from the site.

Why is error 404 occurring?

The error code 404 indicates that the client successfully communicated to the server but that the requested data was not found. A 404 error can be caused by the simple deletion of a page.


  • tooth.com/newborn was the URL of a page that appeared on the website.
  • It was removed by a webmaster after a while.
  • When you attempt to open a tooth.com/newborn page, the user will get the message “Page Not Found.” You may also choose other more interesting options.

This is the most frequent case of 404 errors on a website. This is not the only scenario. These are just a few examples:

  • An error occurred when the URL was entered manually. The chance of making a mistake when entering URLs manually is high. Facebok.com is an example of this.
  • Incorrect redirect. This is a common way to speed up site optimization. Sometimes, incorrect redirects can be created or names and addresses may change during such changes. It can be difficult to track the correctness and order of redirects if there are many pages that have been automatically modified. You can, for example, set up a global redirect to the domain from HTTPS to HTTPS.
  • Server failure. This option is rare and should be checked last. Server failures are most commonly caused by network loss, physical disconnection and configuration problems.

How do you check the page’s response?

Open Yandex.Webmaster’s “Server Response Checker”, and enter the URL to poll. Also, the type of robot for which the server response will need to be checked.

Next, click on the “Check” button. The response the server sends to your selected URL will be displayed immediately.

Checkmy is also convenient for checking the server reply (HTTP status or server response provided by HTTP requests). It works in the same way as Yandex.Webmaster. You can open the service by entering the URL of the page you wish to inspect. At the bottom of this page, click the “Send Request” button.

The 200th code is displayed on the page, which indicates that the page is accessible to the user.

What happens if the site has a lot of 404 errors?

There is no guarantee that anything good will happen. A page that doesn’t exist for a user is not a problem. He will just open a search to find another site.

It doesn’t matter how the user opens deleted links (through browser bookmarks or direct URL entry), the result is the same: a 404 page opens.

The 404 error message for webmasters is even more annoying. These are the main dangers associated with 404 errors.

  • Technical problems. Broken links can cause technical issues on the site, and make indexing difficult.
  • A page that is not included in the index. Unfound pages are removed from the index quickly. It can be difficult to type the same pages again if the page was in good places. You can find Google and Yandex recommendations for page 404.

How to fix Error 404 in User

Visitors cannot affect the 404 error directly. It can, however, indirectly affect the 404 error.

  1. Inform the webmaster about broken links.
  2. The webmaster will restore the page if it is really important. You could be unable to create a redirect or update the content. In this case, you might have to temporarily delete the original page. Refresh the page after a few days.
  3. Verify your internet connection and that you are connected to the Internet. Sometimes a 404 error may appear due to connectivity issues on the user’s side. Open any other webpage on the Internet to confirm. If it doesn’t open, you have a problem. You must ensure that your network equipment is properly configured and that you have Internet connection on your device.

How to fix webmaster error 404

We will now make recommendations for webmasters.

You must first monitor broken links on the site. You can use Google Search Conslie or Yandex.Webmaster to accomplish this task.

Open Google Search Console and click on the Coverage Report to find all the pages that were removed from a Google search.

Yandex.Webmaster offers a similar report. Open the “Indexing” item to access it.

Click on the “Exclude” button at top of screen. Mark the filter with the same name just below

The second is what should you do? Once the page has been found, you can begin to “repair” it. This is the order of actions:

  1. Double-check to ensure the URL is correct.
  2. A page with a bad address can be restored or updated with new content.
  3. Publish the page.
  4. Alternativly, you can delete the page with broken links and wait for the PS not to include it in the search index.

It is possible to change the address of a webpage so it opens and works. Or even simpler: instead of a deleted page, good.ru/blog/google-said create a new page with a good.ru/blog/google-said-new address, for example.

You should monitor the presence and frequency of 404 pages on the site to avoid any serious technical issues in the future.

How to improve a page on 404

Users who see 404 pages immediately close the site because they cannot find the information they need.

Page 404 does not have to be bland and boring. Here’s proof:

What can you do about it? You can customize the functional and external appearance of an inexistent page.

These are just a few examples of how to improve the functionality of the 404 page:

  1. You can place one or more links to popular pages.
  2. Publish the site search page.
  3. So that users can send messages to the technical specialist/webmaster, or technical service of the website when they find broken links, you should place an email of the technical specialist/webmaster.
  4. Publish the masterpage button. You can return to your home page from the master page, which will lower the bounce rate.
  5. You can place a widget that displays popular questions and pages:

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