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    Diff between 404 and soft 404 Error?


    Actually I know about 404 not found error. but some one askedme what is 404 error? Could you please tell what is soft 404.

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    The error 404 "page not found" means that the page you are finding server can't find he page.
    Soft 404 means page not found and user will move to either home page or custom page.
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    Originally Posted by askme24
    Soft 404 means page not found and user will move to either home page or custom page.
    Not quite. A soft 404 means that the server did return a page but it looks like it couldn't find anything. Imagine a portal with a page for a house for sale. The house gets sold and that page now becomes: "This house has now been sold". This would become a soft 404 error if it remained in the sitemap.xml or there were links to it from other pages.
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    404 not found error is confirm us that page details are not found search engine or delete the page.
    Soft 404 means redirect the page to another page.

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    Doodle , Thank you very much for your answer. Your answer is right.

    What I said about soft 404 - " Soft 404 means page not found and user will move to either home page or custom page."

    Same think If I say elaborately - "Soft 404 display a standard message "File Not Found" or user designed a custom page with additional information and images what they like and user can move either home page or any exiting custom pages."
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    Basically, Soft 404 is a page that looks like a 404 but returns a HTTP status code 200. I mean, the website might show a “Page Not Found”-style page, but search engines such as Google will see the page and think that it’s an actual live page.

    How to fix:
    You can use Google Webmaster Tools which will tell you about the ones Google has detected. It is controlled through your website’s .htaccess file.
    In order to configure your 404 page, simply add this line to the site’s .htaccess file:

    ErrorDocument 404 /cool404.html
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