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'404 not found' erron in site map?

Discussion in 'Google Sitemaps' started by rahman15, Mar 2, 2006.

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    Does it hurt your ranking or anything if you have '404 not found' error in google sitemap?
    SEMrush
     
    rahman15, Mar 2, 2006 IP
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  2. stuey

    stuey Peon

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    Do you mean that sitemap.xml is not being found or that pages that are referred to in the sitemap.xml are not being found?
     
    stuey, Mar 3, 2006 IP
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    rahman15 Well-Known Member

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    I meant the pages that are referred to in the sitemap.xml are not being found?
     
    rahman15, Mar 3, 2006 IP
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    I've been doing some digging for you and a sitemap with occasional 404 pages, will not affect your ranking.

    It is, however, preferential to keep the sitemap as up-to-date as possible - you would be a better netizen as the google db will have less 404 pages!

    S
     
    stuey, Mar 4, 2006 IP
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    You can bet there will be tons of old, discarded, non-updated sitemap files out there in the future. Google will count URLs in sitemap files like any other link from your site, so don't worry too much :).

    However, you are loosing potential visitors by having URLs 404 that might be indexed and listed on the search engines. At the very least you should be using a custom 404 page (that returns 404) with a short site-menu on it to help the visitor get "somewhere".
     
    softplus, Mar 14, 2006 IP
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    I had a couple of 404's and it did not seem to affect my ranking. Since you know that there are 404's fix your sitemap and resubmit it.
     
    domregchief, Mar 16, 2006 IP
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    Google have told on their words that sitemap doesn`t affect PageRank and their normal crawl system.. So don`t worry about that..
     
    Sarangan, Mar 18, 2006 IP
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    Even my site has some 404 errors for robot.txt but I don't thinks so that It affects ranking!!
     
    phd, Mar 21, 2006 IP
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    Oh, but if your robots.txt 404's then anything you have in there will / can be ignored.

    I wouldn't say that doesn't matter :)
     
    softplus, Mar 21, 2006 IP
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    I don`t know about it affects the ranking.. But it is not a bigger work to have 404 errors pages. It is easier with .htaccess..
     
    Sarangan, Mar 23, 2006 IP