August 1, 2010

Google Guidelines for Webmasters on Page not Found- Error Code 404

Google, Inc.Google webmasters Tool- New Features & Other Resources

Back in 2006, Webmaster Tools began as a way for webmasters to submit Sitemaps. Over the years we've constantly been adding and updating new features. The result was a set of tools we're pretty proud of—but also a site that had become pretty unwieldy and often difficult to navigate.

That's why we decided to redesign Webmaster Tools from the ground up. We wanted a logically organized suite of features, and a cleaner, faster interface. So we talked to webmasters. We conducted user studies. We analyzed a lot of data.

The result is a simpler, more intuitive navigation. Features are now grouped together in three categories: Site configuration (where you provide Google with information about your site), Your site on the web (where you can view Google data about your site), and Diagnostics (where you can get reports on any problems we encountered crawling your site). Our goal was to make stats and data more discoverable, while removing redundant pages and features (such as Index stats) that cluttered the interface and reproduced information available elsewhere.

If you can't find a feature in the new interface, check the table below.

Step wise Guide to the Google webmaster's Tools: -
  • Site overview - From the Home page (, you can access the Dashboard for each site in your account. The Dashboard provides an overview of important stats and data, as well as access to more detailed tools and information.
    Message center - Home (

    Settings - Under Site configuration, click Settings.

    Web crawl errors - Under Diagnostics, click Crawl errors and then click the Web tab.

    Content analysis - Under Site configuration, click HTML suggestions.

    Top search queries - Under Your site on the web, click Top search queries.

    What Googlebot sees (includes keywords, phrases, encoding, and content distribution) - To see frequently occurring words on your site, and get insight into how your content appears to Google, click Your site on the web, and then click Keywords. To see how other sites link to you, click Links to your site (under Your site on the web), and then click Anchor text. Google no longer list content information, such as distribution of file type or encoding information.

    Crawl stats - Under Diagnostics, click Crawl stats.

    Index stats - To see indexed pages in your site, use the site: operator, like this: (Note: Don't use a space between the operator and the URL.)

    Subscriber stats - Under Your site on the web, click Subscriber stats.

    Pages with external links - Under Your site on the web, click Links to your site.

    Pages with internal links - Under Your site on the web, click Internal links.

    Sitemaps overview page - Under Site configuration, click Sitemaps.

    Analyze robots.txt - Under Site configuration, click Crawler access, and then click Test robots.txt.

    Generate robots.txt - Under Site configuration, click Crawler access, and then click Generate robots.txt.

    Manage site verification - On the Home page, find the site you want and then click Details in the Verification column.

    Remove URLs - Under Site configuration, click Crawler access, and then click Remove URL.

    Enhance 404 pages - This feature is no longer included in Webmaster Tools. Instead, you can generate 404 widget code here.

    Resources -
    Customizing your 404 page
    When a user clicks on a link to a page that's no longer available on your site, your server returns a 404 (Page Not Found) error. Because generic messages can be frustrating to the user, we recommend creating a custom 404 page to provide more useful information about your site.
    In addition, you can add the Webmaster Tools 404 widget to your custom 404 page. The 404 widget automatically provides users with helpful suggestions instead of error messages:

    It adds a search box for your site with appropriate search suggestions.

    It tries to provide alternatives to incorrect URLs.

    HTTP Status Codes

    Error Code 404- Page Not Found

    Google Webmaster's Guidelines on Page not Found- Error Code 404

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