You may have been frightened a bit when you first saw a 404 error on a website. You may have thought it was your fault. Slowly, you realized that this error meant that there was something wrong with the website and you moved on. Now, with the twist of fate, you are seeing this error on your site. Frightened? No need. Follow this easy guide to fix 404 Error on your site. It’s super quick and easy to follow.
What is a 404 Error?
In simple words, 404 is an HTTP status code. It means the webpage you were trying to reach could not be found on the server. This could happen because of two things:
The Page was removed
The page was relocated to another URL
If the page was removed, you can add a new page at that URL to retain the traffic.
If the page was relocated to another URL, you need to set a URL redirect.
Now you know what to do with this type of error, let’s see how we can find out for which pages you are getting this error.
How to Find 404 Error on Your Site?
There are a couple of ways through which you can find out 404 Errors on your site.
A) Google Search Console
One of the reliable ways of finding 404 errors is using Google Search Console.
In the Coverage Tab, you will find all the pages with errors. In the details, you can see the pages for which you are getting a 404 error.
B) Using SEO Plugins
If you are using any of the following SEO plugins, then you can get a report of all 404 error pages on your site:
You can Access the Plugin from Tools>>> Redirection.
If you are setting up the plugin for the first time, you will be greeted with a welcome screen like this:
After setting up the plugin, you can set Redirect under the “Redirect Tab”. It looks like the following. You have to copy and paste the source URL and the Target URL.
Once you set a redirect for each 404 error page on your site, you can be sure that you have taken care of this error. If this error occurs in the future, simply follow this article once again and you will be able to fix this error.