404 errors themselves may not directly hurt SEO,but they can indirectly. In particular,internal 404s can quietly tank your efforts,creating a poor user experience that leads to a low-quality perception and pogosticking behavior.
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Why do 404 errors hurt Seo?
This hurts SEO by signaling to Google that your content isn鈥檛 adding value for a particular keyword query 鈥?then they respond by driving your rankings down. According to Search Engine Journal, 404 errors have varying degrees of importance when it comes to their impact on SEO. Live Site Errors.
Do 404s have an impact on rankings?
In theory, 404s have an impact on rankings. But not the rankings of a whole site. If a page returns a 404 error code, it means it doesn鈥檛 exist, so Google and other search engines will not index it. Pretty simple, right? What can I say鈥?make sure your pages exist if you want them to rank (ba dum ts).
Are 404 links Bad for your website?
The only type of 404 links that really hurt your website are the ones that are on it. When you add a link from your website to another website, you have to make sure that URL actually exists or that you don鈥檛 misspell it.
Is it OK to let it 404?
It’s OK to let it 404. Recently, though, Lindsay and I were faced with a tough call on a consulting project. The client has a site that receives a ton of search queries, many of which map to their category and subcategory level pages (which are more landing pages than search query pages, but also serve to address the search keywords).