If you notice that you have pages on your site that reported the error 404 pages not found but it is not clear what it means, also does not know how to solve it. Quiet, today I will explain to you what it is, how to manage it and how to use it to your advantage.
In this task, we will be helped by a free Google tool, the Search Console that you probably already know.
It is a mistake that often happens, the reasons can be of various nature. It is not considered particularly serious by search engines, it is more serious for a webmaster or a web developer. In fact, the error warns that there is an empty page instead of a page that should show some content, this is certainly not pleasant.
The interesting thing is that this obnoxious mistake can be turned into an opportunity to increase the indexed pages of our website.
So not always the 404 pages not found error turns out to be a problem, or rather it is a problem because we will have to make some corrections, but apart from this to discover a 404 error can be advantageous.
Meanwhile, let’s see what the error 404 is because it is displayed.
Understanding the 404 Error Page Not Found
The 404 page not found is a code of HTTP status that indicates that a request made by a client to a server can not be completed. Quite simply: you searched for a page on a site and it was not found, so it cannot be displayed.
What are the reasons? Meanwhile, you may have typed the address incorrectly (but this is not the case we are referring to), or it has been moved or deleted, your link has not been updated and the search engines are not informed and cannot find it.
Unfortunately, having this kind of error can make you lose potential users, so we are working on it.
As mentioned to manage the 404 error you can use the Google Search Console. Using this tool and doing some simple operations on the site backend, the 404 error pages will disappear. Replaced by those you chose to view.
Let’s proceed by degrees, first of all, let’s start using the Search Console.
Use the Search Console
The Google Search Console is one of the most important tools for every webmaster: provided with many other free tools from the Mountain View house, it facilitates and improves the work.
It is therefore important to become familiar and learn to use it to understand its contents and make the most of it, in this case, to handle the 404 error.
To Use the Search Console, if you are not already doing so, simply create an account on Google. In addition to having a Gmail email address, you can use the SC and many other free tools. For example, Google Analytics (which I won’t talk about here), useful for monitoring your sites.
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Displaying Data in the Search Console
If you have recently connected your site to the Search Console, you must wait a few days before seeing the data, it is the time necessary to allow Google to scan your pages, record them and show them.
Let’s start with this data to resolve the error, look at the image and follow what I tell you later.
With the red arrow, I have highlighted how many files Google has found with the 404 error, the yellow one shows where you need to click to see what the files are. Pressing
the yellow arrow you will see a graph like the one below.
What you see is the list of pages that produce the 404 error page not found. Now that you have this information you can start managing the 404 error by making the necessary corrections. Eventually, you will have new pages indexed with the content you want to show instead.
You may also not want to correct the pages, accepting that they continue to be listed as you see ( I don’t know why you should, but you can do it ). In this case, just tick the box next to the file name and press the red button ‘ mark as correct ‘. The files will disappear from the list (but Google could report them to us anyway in a while) and your work would end here: you could also stop reading this article.
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Author: I am Aanchal Rathore, Digital Marketer at Kanak Infosystems LLP. which is the software development-based company. Our main forte is to provide quality work based on the timelines committed. Our expertise in various facets of odoo development, ERPNext development and various other applications for different domains makes us a good choice.