What if you were searching for some sober stuff on the internet and ended up landing on a 404 error webpage,
won’t you be frustrated?
Of course, you will be. Psychologists say that once you stumble upon those kinds of websites your subconscious will try to warn not to click on the same site once again.
So, this is how a good going website will lose its online reputation along with their regular visitors too.
So, now the question is, how can I prevent this from happening and provide a great user experience for my visitors?
Before we answer that question let’s see:
What is a 404 Not found error?
Technically speaking, The HTTP 404, 404 Not Found and 404 error message is a Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) standard response code,…
…in computer network communications, to indicate that the client was able to communicate with a given server, but the server could not find what was requested.
What it really means is:
One of your visitors is trying to access a webpage from your site, but it turns out that either the page has been removed or moved and the URL was not changed accordingly, or that your visitor had typed in the URL incorrectly.
So, by now we know what 404 error is, let’s see how quickly we can find and fix the error.
Trick to find 404 error pages on your site
If you’re a blogger then I’m pretty sure you have used, or at least you’ve heard of Google webmaster tools.
I’m gonna reveal a trick to find all 404 error pages on your site with just a click by using Google webmaster tools and that too for free of cost.
So, just follow the steps to kill all your 404 pages and make Google love your site 🙂
- Login to Google Webmasters tools.
- Under diagnostics click crawl and then click crawl errors.
- Click on not found.
- Click on any URL and you will find all the pages from that broken link is linked.
If you’ve removed that link from your blog then you can consider manually editing those “linked from” links and let Google recrawl your blog.
Important: If you see any link from an external domain linked to a 404 error webpage then there is a possibility of losing a ton of traffic and it also might affect your Google rankings.
So, if you see one you can notify the owner to fix the link or set up a 301 redirection on your blog to redirect that link to original link.
Who’s lazy come with me
So, you’re lazy and you want an easy way to find all 404 error pages on your site.
Here’s an easy way to do so, just follow the steps mentioned below.
- Add Broken link checker extension to your Chrome.
- Open a webpage in which you want to find all broken links.
- Click on the broken link checker extension.
- It will highlight all the broken links in the red coloured background.
Now just get rid of 404 error pages
So, by now I’m pretty sure you are able to find all the 404 error pages on your website.
What’s our next step?
Since we know 404 not found error pages are the bad guys trying to affect your Google rankings, we will just remove all of them in this step.
Firstly I’ll explain how to remove these 404 error pages in WordPress, later I’ll do the same for Blogger.
Fix for 404 error page in WordPress
Firstly login to your WordPress dashboard and then go to Plugins >> Add New and search for the plugin named Redirection.
Click install and then activate the plugin.
Then go to tools >> redirection. Then click on Add New button found at the top of the page.
Then, for the Source URL give that URL which is showing 404 error and for Target URL give that URL for which the error page must be redirected to.
Once you are done with all these just click Add Redirect and you will get a message saying that redirection has been set.
Fix for 404 error page in Blogger
- Login to your Blogger account with Google email ID and password.
- Go to your Blogger blog dashboard, then settings >> search preferences.
3. Just enter the URL which is showing 404 error in From field and enter the URL for which to redirect in To field. At last hit Save Changes.
Hurray, we have successfully learnt how to add a redirection for any 404 error page on any blog.
So, I’m pretty sure if you have reached until here you have loved this article. Didn’t you? Let me know what do you feel about this article through the comment section.
Finally, thank you for spending your valuable time reading this article. Have a nice day 🙂