• Which redirect should I use?

    … status codes To understand how redirects work and how you can influence what a server returns to a browser, you need to know about HTTP status codes. A HTTP status code is a set number that a server sends to a browser following a particular request for a page. These codes may include 200, 301, 404 and 503, for instance. All codes serve a particular…

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  • Ask Yoast: 301 or 302 redirect?

    … You’ve deleted a post or page. Of course you know that you’re not done yet though! You’ll have to create a redirect, to avoid that visitors will land on your 404 page. Perhaps your site has a page that shows the information that you’ve just deleted, or something similar. So you want to create a redirect. But which one should you use? A 301 or 302…

    Joost De Valk/ Yoast- 18 readers -
  • Can 404 Errors Hurt Your SEO Rankings?

    … errors--they send any traffic from the old location to the new one, and neither users nor search engine crawlers get upset over it. Ensuring your sitemap, redirects, and pages are accurate and up-to-date is a somewhat tricky business. If you're new to the scene, you could work with an SEO agency, a web developer, or even a freelancer to help you get…

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  • How to properly delete a page from your site

    … When you delete a page (or post) from your site, you delete one or more URLs too. That old URL, when visited, will usually return a 404 not found error. But is that what you wanted? Maybe that page should be redirected somewhere. If not, and you deliberately deleted that content, serving a 410 header would actually be a better idea. This post…

    Joost De Valk/ Yoastin SEO How To's- 62 readers -
  • Website Maintenance: 404 error pages

    … does not cover how to create a good 404 page, we do have an extensive post on that though: Practical Guide to creating a 404 error page. Checking for 404 error pages and broken links One of the most annoying things that can happen to your visitor is to hit a 404 on your website. Search engine spiders tend to not like such errors much either…

    Joost De Valk/ Yoastin SEO YouTube- 17 readers -
  • Thoughts on 404 Not Found error pages

    … Have you ever wondered why you should have that 404 Not Found page? What’s the use? The page is gone or broken and you don’t want people to end up there, so why not just redirect that page to the homepage of your website? They even made WordPress plugins that will help you do this, so why not, right? Wrong. What you’re basically doing is putting…

    Michiel Heijmans/ Yoast- 17 readers -
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