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How to Fix 404 Errors?

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How to Fix 404 Errors? hamilmat 3/15/10 8:55 PM
I have read the FAQs and checked for similar issues: YES
My site's URL is: www.chasingincomestreams.com
Description (including timeline of any changes made):

I'm getting 7 not found crawl errors that are labeled 404.  From reading this forum it looks like 404's aren't a big concern but I notice all my posts from the last month or so are not showing up in google searches.  

I have no idea how to fix these errors.  What are my options?

Thx
Re: How to Fix 404 Errors? webado 3/15/10 9:16 PM
Well... they mean those urls once existed and there are links to them somewhere on the web (maybe on your website, maybe elsewhere), and now they no longer exist.
 
 
 
The only way those 404s will adversely affect your site's performance if they  urls you once had and which had the good content for which you used to perform and you still expect the site to perform.
 
 
If they are due to old typos, then implement 301 redirection from the wrong url to the correct one.
Likewise if you decided to rename pages. Worse if your site still has links to them. Check the site with a crawler like Xenu and fix any broken links.
 
If you never had those urls but they look like something you have, again put in some 301's.
 
If you never had those urls and they don't look like anything you may have or want to have, you have 2 choices:
1) ignore them
2) get them 301 redirected to some url where they can help.
 
The only 404s you need worry about are for urls that are indexed. The worry may be ... why is that a 404, where did my page disappear?
 
Anyway, for already indexed urls which now no longer exist (remember a tiny name change means it's a different url), if you aren't going to 301 redirect them elsewhere, then you can request their removal from the index.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Re: How to Fix 404 Errors? hamilmat 3/16/10 4:50 AM
Thanks for the response.

I recently changed a few categories on some older posts.  Would that cause the 404 errors?  If so, should I do the 301 redirect like you mention above?  I have no idea how to do this but it's a start in the right direction.  

Also, if I changed some categories should I send in a new sitemap?  Maybe that would fix the problem.
Re: How to Fix 404 Errors? Phil Payne 3/16/10 4:54 AM
> Also, if I changed some categories should I send in a new sitemap?
 
Yes.
 
> Maybe that would fix the problem.
 
No.