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Let’s start with the foremost critical question is: how does one fix 404 errors? the foremost common and simplest way to repair a 404 error is to redirect the broken URL to a different, related URL.

While redirects are often the proper solution, redirecting a broken URL isn’t always the proper solution. There are four ways to mend 404 not-found errors on your website.

Redirect the 404 error someplace else. With a redirect, you route people from the error page to a working page on your website. This prevents people from reaching the error. for instance, if people are reaching a slip-up page with the URL “/specials”, you'll be able to tell your server to redirect people to the working page “/special” instead.

The key a part of implementing the redirect, though, is ensuring the page you're redirecting to has relevancy to the page people were hoping to search out.

As an example, you wouldn’t want to redirect a blunder URL of “/specials” to “/contact” because that may leave people confused about why they're on a contact page after they were expecting to arrive on the /specials page. Learn more about a way to use and implement redirects.

Correct the source link. If the broken link sending traffic to the not found error page exists on your website and is under your control, you'll be able to correct the broken link at the source. this is often also true for not-found errors on other properties within your control, like social networks or local profiles. However, most broken links are located on sources you don’t control so in those cases you can’t fix the broken link and might only redirect people to the proper page.

Restore deleted pages. Sometimes, you delete pages from your website and other people still come to your website trying to find the pages you deleted. If somebody tries to access a deleted page, they’ll get a not-found error.

Which may be the purpose and there could also be a decent reason for the removal (see fix #4 below). However, if there's still plenty of demand for removed content, you'll want to revive the deleted page.

Ignore the not found error. Odd because it may sound, sometimes the proper answer is to try and do nothing and leave the 404 error in situ. together example, if you’ve deleted low-quality pages from your website, you'd want those low-priority URLs to return a not-found error.

Those pages were bringing down your site quality and therefore the 404 tells Google (and human visitors) that you simply removed the low-quality content in an endeavor to enhance your website’s quality. In other cases, the 404 error is on a page you removed purposefully and you don’t there's nowhere relevant to redirect the removed page.

This often happens on eCommerce websites after you remove a product from your website and there's no re-creation of that product. regardless of the reason, by leaving the 404 not-found error in situ, that broken page will fall out of the search index and stop getting traffic.

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