Google Explains 404s
Date posted: May 9, 2011
If you’re just getting started using Webmaster Tools, you may be alarmed by the number of 404 (not found) errors on your Crawl Errors page. Not to worry. The Official Google Webmaster Central blog has put up a handy post explaining the ins and outs of 404s.
Among the useful topics covered:
- Can 404s affect my rank?
- Do 404s hurt my website?
- What are “soft 404s”?
- Should a URL be 404, 301 or 410?
It may put your 404 fears to rest.