How to Fix 404 Errors with Google Webmaster Tools

Many of you might have observed that after we have deleted or rename URL of a page/post which is already published in simple wor page which doesn’t exist anymore.
We get crawl error in Google webmaster tools.
This problem can be solved by redirecting your old page to new page. A new page can be a relevant post or homepage.

In WordPress, this can be done by using a plugin.

You need to make your mind whether you want to redirect your audience in case of 404 error to a homepage or any particular post or Custom 404 error page.

Here are the steps for Fixing 404 Error in Google Webmaster tool in wordpress

  • login to your WordPress admin page
  • in sidebar hover to plugins
  • Click Add new
  • Search 404 to 301 plugin
  • Click Install
  • After installing, Click Activate
  • After activating the plugin, you will be redirected to the settings page of this plugin.
  • Select Redirect Type. We suggest using 301 permanent redirects.
  • Now paste the URL of the page where you wanted to redirect your visitors.
    Click Update Options.
  • For Blogger

    steps for Fixing 404 error in Blogger by Custom Page not found

    1. Login to Blogger
    2. Select your blog
    3. Click on setting
    4. Search Preference
    5. Under “Error and redirections”
    6. In Custom Page Not Found, Click on edit, Paste this code.
    Sorry, the page you’re looking for in this blog does not exist.
    You will be redirected to homepage shortly.
    <h2 style="text-align: center;">Oops!<BR/>Page not found</h2>
    <h3 style="text-align: center;">Sorry, the page you were looking for on this blog does not exist.<br>You will be redirected shortly to the homepage.</h3>

    <script type = "text/javascript">
    BSPNF_redirect = setTimeout(function() {
    location.pathname= "/"
    }, 4000);
    </script>

    This code will redirect the 404 error page to the homepage in 4 seconds. ( PS: You can also decrease redirect time by lowering the value. The current value is 4000 in milliseconds )

    Now the final step is to inform Google that you have fixed the issues

    • Login to Google webmaster tool
    • Click on the website name
    • On Sidebar, click Crawl
    • Click Crawl errors
    • Check error URL
    • Click Fix

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