The ABC’s of 404’s

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This is part 2 of the 404 coverage I started in July.

It’s inevitable. You have been doing research, or you saw something on TV, outside, or on another website. You finally decide to investigate further by do a search on your search engine of choice; you find a link that looks promising. You go and click the link then…

That dreaded 404 “File not found” appears.

This can happen due to a variety of reasons:

1. You recently re-organized your website
2. The page was time sensitive (i.e. an event page)
3. You changed web hosting companies

Like medicines, webpages do “expire”.

Regardless of how or when a page goes bad, its always a good idea to monitor the error pages on your website. How to do that is to keep track of your website traffic and/or analytics.

Most hosting companies do have control panels where you can go ahead and activate the website logs so that you can monitor it. Analog 6.0 is a program that lets you see what pages attempted to access under the Failure Report. You can then take those URLs to your webmaster to redirect them via (301 redirects) to the right file.

Analog also has a downloadable version that one can install if you don’t have access to your web host control management panel.

If this isn’t the case, there are things you can do to see your errors pages and the pages where those programming errors are.

There is also Google Webmaster Tools which also has a listing of files not found under
“Site Diagnostics > Web Crawl > Not found.”see your errors pages and the pages where those programming errors are.

There is also Google Webmaster Tools which also has a listing of files not found under
“Site Diagnostics > Web Crawl > Not found.”

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