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Reducing 404's to my website

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Pete SPACO, Nov 19, 2011.

  1. Pete SPACO

    Pete SPACO Registered

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    My simple website is a non-commercial site. I think they (used to anyway) call them "vanity sites", but I like to think of it as educational. /http://www.spaco.org Currently I get about 12,000 visits per month.
    I watch the HTTP status code, 404 list daily, as I do the error log. When I find something I can deal with, I do it.
    My site is pretty clean, I think, but does suffer from some poorly named pages from my early days. I can't change them because many of them have links out there that I would screw up, I think.
    Below are a few annoying 404's that I don't know what to do about. The first two have nothing to do with me, as far as I can tell, but the 3rd one says that the referer is the most popular page on my own website and I don't have any code like that. Does anyone have ideas that I can use to eliminate/minimize these 404's?

    Pete

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    [TD="class: aws"]/cgi-bin/nph-xauth[/TD]

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    [TD="class: aws"]/http://www.spaco.org/cgi-bin/nph-xauth[/TD]


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    [TD="class: aws"]/crossdomain.xml[/TD]

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    [TD="class: aws"]-[/TD]


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    [TD="class: aws"]/url(data:image/png[/TD]

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    [TD="class: aws"]/http://spaco.org/hrvscr.htm[/TD]


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  2. nightman

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    404 error means, someone requested a page but the server not able to find that page.
    These can be someone pointing a file/page in your website, which may have been removed for any reason or simply the search engines looking for the files with metadata.
    if you are not able to find all the broken links then you can redirect all 404 errors to your main page using a .htaccess file.
     
  3. Pete SPACO

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    404 errors, why aren't referers listed on every entry?

    Still trying to reduce 404's.
    Why isn't there a "referer" entry for every error listed?

    Is this the wrong group for this kind of question, or am I the only one who has these problems?

    I am currently working on :
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    /url(data:image/png

    My approach is to add an image (there were none before now); (it's a jpg) to the page that was referenced, just to see if it affects the error count.

    I have been doing a lot of searching for ideas, but most of the time when I do read a link, it's web designers talking to eachother or web designers talking in jargon about how to implement these things, not how to avoid getting 404's.

    Pete Stanaitis
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