Linkgraph is a webmaster tool that makes use of a widget to let the user know that the page they requested no longer exists and then after mini animation, it provides the new URL to the content the user was looking for. Linkgraph works through logging a website's page index, and then tracking changes to any of the pages. The Linkgraph service is free to try for the first month, then after that it's £150 (which converts to about $224) for the first year. To see the widget in action before you decide, there's an online demo of the Linkgraph widget. This widget seems to work best for sites that have a lot of changing content. If your site has extensive archives then this may be the best tool for you. Just keep in mind that Linkgraph does not remedy 404 errors. The 404 error count will continue as usual, which may have a negative impact on SEO. … [Read more...] about Options for 404 Error Tracking
Funny 404 error page
The main takeaway here is that 404 errors won't directly harm your site's rankings, but they aren't exactly good for your users or your overall online marketing strategy. It's a good idea to periodically check for 404 errors and fix them, either by restoring the pages to their original states or setting up a 301 redirect to handle any stray traffic that happens down that path. For all other 404 errors and URL mistakes, a clever and creative 404 page can ensure your users have the best experience possible. … [Read more...] about Can 404 Errors Hurt Your SEO Rankings?
To work around this ASP.NET deficiency, use ISAPI rewrite to create rewrite rules for the deleted pages to direct traffic to a custom 404 page called 404.aspx. This won’t work if somebody types in a bad URL, but as a practical matter we’re most interested in trapping errors caused by inbound links to deleted pages. By using wildcards, it’s easy enough to rewrite all your deleted URLs to the custom 404 page. When trapping errors, we silently rewrite the URL to avoid returning a redirect. Here’s sample rewrite code for the httpd.ini configuration file: … [Read more...] about URL Rewriting & Custom Error Pages In ASP.NET 2.0
So if you are worried that this might result in your page being deindexed or the rankings may drop, Google says no, no need to worry about that. The Google Cache 404ing is an internal issue with the Google Cache server and doesn't reflect on indexing or ranking of the web page. … [Read more...] about Google Cache 404 Error Does Not Impact Your Search Rankings
4. Systemic 404 ErrorsIf you see an ever-increasing number of 404s, there’s a systemic error somewhere in your code. It could be you have an XML sitemap that is somehow messing up your URLs; or it could be that something in your code is creating invalid URLs that Google’s finding when they crawl. … [Read more...] about Do 404 Errors Hurt Google Crawling, Indexing & Ranking?