MelissaLB - 3:10 pm on Oct 20, 2012 (gmt 0)
Did I do something wrong?
I found abotu 400 or so soft 404s in my WMT and I had my developer write a code that would turn all the soft 404's (which were simply returnign a 200 code and redirecting to a 'catch all' page) into 404's to tell google that these pages are gone now and not to come back and crawl them again.
I got a message in my WMT this monrning that reads:
Google detected a significant increase in the number of URLs that return a 404 (Page Not Found) error. Investigating these errors and fixing them where appropriate ensures that Google can successfully crawl your site's pages.
is this what normally happens? or have i made some critical error? We followed the simple instructions provide in a link through WMT about how to handle soft 404's correctly. I feel we did it correctly, just wanted a second opinion from someone who's done this recently.