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(Entry was posted by Christopher Chorley on this post in the Dumb SEO Questions community on Facebook, Thursday, March 15, 2018).

Best way to deal with not found errors in search console

Ecommerce website has lots of not found errors in search console, best way to deal with these? Thanks
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  • Christian Mühlbauer: Depends. Are these products gone forever and there`s no succesor product ? Thats just normal as John Mueller said and you can leave the 404. Is there a follow-up or similiar product? 301 Redirect. Check if the product urls have relevant backlinks. If so, try to make a relevant 301.
  • Travis Bailey: Some of them might even be from a defunct scraper site. That happens too.
  • Ronnie Lawson-Jones: I wish people didn’t just jump in and 301 absolutely everything! No need! 404s are normal, 301 pages with rankings and links first
  • David Harry: Yea, Christian and Ronnie have it... if it`s an important page (defunct product, page with external links, page with traffic) then most certainly I would consider hitting the htaccess. But, if they`re just dead pages of no value, there`s no point in bloating the htaccess with redirects
  • Dawn Anderson: Depends on what they are
  • Travis Bailey: Well, I don`t disagree with what`s been said. But I suppose we may want to figure out why there are a ton of 404s. Is something in the cart generating a lot of junk URLs? Don`t know.
  • David Harry: Dawn Anderson
  • Christopher Chorley: Thanks for the help everybody.
  • David Ogletree: We have that problem Magento has a huge problem with renaming URLs every time you change a title
  • David Ogletree: One thing I learned recently is your not supposed to use htaccess if you have access to the http_conf file

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