How to Fix 404 Crawl Error in Google Webmaster Tools

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Many of you may have noticed that after we delete some old post or pages which are already published. Most of the time in Google Webmaster Tools we get crawl error with error code 404 (Page Not Found). It is very annoying to see such an error in Google WMT. So here we are going to Fix 404 Crawl Error in Google Webmaster Tools by simply redirecting it to some other page.


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Steps to Fix 404 Crawl Error in Google Webmaster Tools

We can Fix this error on both Blogger and WordPress. In WordPress, we can fix it with the help of plugin & in blogger we can add small JavaScript code for redirection.

For WordPress

  1. Fix 404 Crawl Error in Google Webmaster ToolsFirst, you need to decide where you wanted to redirect your visitors once they get 404 error.
  2. If you wanted to redirect it to some Custom 404 Page then create one or you can also redirect your visitors to the homepage.
  3. Now download and install 404 to 301 plugin in your WordPress installation.
  4. After activating the plugin, you will be redirected to the settings page of 404 to 301 plugin.
  5. Select Redirect Type. We will suggest you use 301 permanent redirects.
  6. Now paste the URL of the page where you wanted to redirect your visitors.
  7. Click Update Options.

PS: If you are redirecting 404 pages to any desired custom page then for SEO purpose, you can set it to noindex & nofollow.

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For Blogger

  1. Go to Blogger Dashboard.
  2. Select your blog & Go to Settings.
  3. Select Search Preferences.
  4. In Custom Page Not Found, Paste this code. Sorry, the page you’re looking for in this blog does not exist.
    You will be redirected to homepage shortly.
    <script type = "text/javascript">
    BSPNF_redirect = setTimeout(function() {
    location.pathname= "/"
    }, 5000); 
    </script>

    Fix 404 Crawl Error in Google Webmaster Tools

  5. This code will redirect 404 error page to homepage in 5 seconds. ( PS: You can also decrease redirect time by lowering the value. The current value is 5000 in milliseconds )

For Other Platforms

  • If you want to Fix 404 Crawl Error in Google Webmaster Tools then you just simply need to redirect 404 pages to any desired page.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Good Article Mehul,

    I have a query, before a year i was migrate my blogger blog to wordpress but i did not get good results from wordpress, then i again redirect to blogger. but this process give me too much wordpress crawl error. E.G. All category tags appear 404 error in webmaster. Will you please help me to sort out these error permanently.

    Please

    • Hello Sumit,
      You can fix it by manually redirecting all the URLs that are showing 404 error to your homepage or any other page on your blog. It will take some time to reflect the same in Google Webmaster Tools.

  2. Thanks for the great info. It is very easy and intuitive to follow these steps to fix the 404 Crawl Error in Google Webmaster Tools.

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