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Unknown 404 Page?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by slow312, Aug 10, 2017.

  1. slow312

    slow312 Newbie

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    Hello everyone,

    I just got a quick question. I am trying to use GA to find a particular broken link without using Screaming Frog. So I have tried to sort the information by page and page title using the advanced search to look for the 404 page title. The result is the actual 404 page instead of serving me the broken URL.

    I've tried changing the primary dimension to Page Title and using the 404 page title and looked at the previous page it is telling me majority of the previous page path is from entrance.

    Could it be that Google has indexed a page and on the client side they removed the page/changed the URL without a redirect so the user lands on a broken page? This only happened on specific days and not widespread. Everything else on the website works.

    I've tried to find the URLs where the previous page lead to the broken page and used Screaming Frog to crawl that page to inspect if there is any broken outlinks but there isn't.

    Any suggestions? Or maybe I've made some major mistakes? Any help is appreciated.
     
  2. MatthewGraham

    MatthewGraham Regular Member

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    It's possible Google hasn't recrawled the page since it 404ed. Would still show up in G. Analytics and Webmaster Tools until the page is crawled again. If that's the case, you could ask Google to recrawl the page.
     
  3. northofeveryone

    northofeveryone Newbie

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    also if you restart your brower by hitting alt f4.
     
  4. bathead

    bathead Registered Member

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    If you mean that in Search Console the reported 404 page doesn't have a Linked From tab then the 404 is resolved and doesn't exist as a link on your site (if the Last Crawled is recent). However, it may well appear in Search Console for some time, which is a Google thing, not your site.