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    404 and SEO


    OK here is a question is there any SEO benefit to setting up a
    404 catch all to the index.php page?

    or would it be better to set up a standard 404 to a file than then 301's you to the index page?

    This is assuming the possibility of mispelled and mistyped incoming links to your site .
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    404 page should generate itself on the deprecated url but be tailored so that a User understands they've landed at the wrong place and suggests the right and other interesting places to go
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    Why can't your 404 just bring people to your homepage ?

    They obviously wanted your domain, and you homepage ought to be the gateway to the rest of your site.

    I answered my question by having my 404 as an independent 301 redirect to the hope page.

    Having you 404 as your homepage file (index.php) will actually just create potentially unlimited duplicate URL's for your homepage.

    Originally Posted by Spaggie
    404 page should generate itself on the deprecated url but be tailored so that a User understands they've landed at the wrong place and suggests the right and other interesting places to go
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    so what you're saying is (I think)

    I see a ranking for your site (because it's a 404 but Google hasn't flushed it's index yet)

    And I click on that ranking expecting to see pictures of Britney Spears (obviously)

    and land on your homepage without so much as a by you leave.

    pissed off user?

    mebbe
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    depends on the breath of the site.

    I am specifically looking at a site with 50 pages all tightly themed, and most pages have a link from the homepage.

    If im looking at large multi genera site, in which pages are constantly changing I think you have a point.

    Horses for courses I think

    Originally Posted by Spaggie
    so what you're saying is (I think)

    I see a ranking for your site (because it's a 404 but Google hasn't flushed it's index yet)

    And I click on that ranking expecting to see pictures of Britney Spears (obviously)

    and land on your homepage without so much as a by you leave.

    pissed off user?

    mebbe
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    We develop 404 pages based on the websites design (providing it isn't too cluttered) and clearly tell the visitors that they've landed on a page that doesn't exist. We generally also include a list of some of the pages on the website that we think they may of wanted...

    I suppose you can go more in-depth.
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    why not fill the page full of relevent text and only redirect anything not carrying a GoogleBot user agent to the homepage?

    ;)
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    Sounds a little spammie to me

    Originally Posted by Spaggie
    why not fill the page full of relevent text and only redirect anything not carrying a GoogleBot user agent to the homepage?

    ;)
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    or

    you can create a nice looking 404 page lol

    http://outspokenmedia.com/j

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