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Direct certain pages on my site to 404 error page

Posted on 2012-04-10
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In my Google webmasters account I have Soft Errors and it says "The target URL does not exist and your server is not returning a 404 (file not found) error. "  How do I redirect these pages to a 404 Error page?
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Create a page with the not found message on it, and save it as 404.html then put a file named .htaccess in the root directory that contains:

ErrorDocument 404 http://yoursitename.com/404.html


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by:livewirewebsolutions
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Hi COBO,

I have done this and my 404 error page works but somehow these pages are not producing the 404 error pages.

The site has classified listings of machines.  When you go to a machine the url is mydomain.com/ad/4159.  However, machines are sold and deleted but somehow people find the links on google or something and click on them.  The page no longer is available but the 404 error is not produced.
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Is your 404.html in the root directory? if not you will need to give the full path to it.


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by:livewirewebsolutions
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my 404 page is here - http://www.cluemachines.com/404.shtml which is in the root directory, no?
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ErrorDocument 404 http://www.cluemachines.com/404.shtml 
should work assuming the server is normally parsing shtml pages.

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No worries.  I will try to talk with the developer.  Thanks.
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