Notify search engines on 404 pages

user072319
Explorer
94 0 8

How to pro-actively notify search engines (Google and others) of removed pages 404s that are still indexed?

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MS-WEB-DESIGNER
Shopify Partner
3012 181 488

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user072319
Explorer
94 0 8

@MS-WEB-DESIGNER 

Thank you for the response. 

We don't want to do it manually. Is there any other method which we can automate say through sitemap submission or individual URL submission API methods ?

DigiHarsh
Excursionist
16 0 9

A soft 404 is a URL that returns a page telling the user that the page does not exist and also a 200 level (success) code.

In some cases, it might be a page with little or no content--for example, a sparsely populated or empty page.

If your page is no longer available, and has no clear replacement, it should return a 404 not found or 410 (gone) response code. Either code clearly tells both browsers and search engines that the page doesn’t exist. You can also display a custom 404 page to the user, if appropriate: for example, a page containing list of your most popular pages, or a link to your home page.

Sanjaykumarro
Tourist
4 0 0

Thank you DigiHarsh

flareAI
Shopify Partner
715 61 198

Hello @user072319,

 By submitting a sitemap of your 404 pages to Google you can expedite the removal process.

 

Hope this helps,

Jeena

sillycube
Shopify Partner
694 16 101

Just ping Google to update your sitemap regularly via https://www.google.com/ping?sitemap=[your sitemap url]

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