does a outbound link to a 404 hurt seo

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does a outbound link to a 404 hurt seo

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Yesand no. having a 404 that the SE finds is not going to hurt you, it will eventualy remove it from its index, but if you have a broken link pointing to a 404 then yes you are leaking PR. Seeing you did a scan, that usely follow links, i think you must have the later.

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