Aug 12, 2008 123 reads by Navneet Kaushal

At the Google Webmaster Central Blog, Maile Ohye has put up a post,that specifically talks about the response code 404.

According to Maile, “Response codes are a numeric status (like 200 for "OK", 301 for "Moved Permanently") that a webserver returns in response to a request for a URL. The 404 response code should be returned for a file 'Not Found'."

Whenever a users puts in the URL of your website, the webserver that is hosting your website searches for the corresponding file for the URL. When it finds the file, the server responds with a 200 response code, along with the most frequent message, such as the HTML.

Google defines response code 404, stating that, “Let's say that in the link to "Visit Google Apps" above, the link is broken because of a typing error when coding the page. Now when a user clicks "Visit Google Apps", the particular webpage/file isn't located by the webserver. The webserver should return a 404 response code, meaning 'Not Found'.”

Furthermore, Google states that this is only the start of a week long process of understanding and avoiding response code 404 and more would be posted shortly.

Navneet Kaushal

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Navneet Kaushal is the founder and CEO of PageTraffic, an SEO Agency in India with offices in Chicago, Mumbai and London. A leading search strategist, Navneet helps clients maintain an edge in search engines and the online media. Navneet's expertise has established PageTraffic as one of the most awarded and successful search marketing agencies.
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