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Error 404 and Google

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2:45 pm on Oct 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Hi,

I just deleted about 800 sites from my server and due to a reorganisation. I have a error404.html which appears everytime a user tries to access a deleted file. It basically says that the site has moved and offers some links to the main sections index pages of my site.
So far so good.
But: What will Googlebot see when spidering the deleted sites. She will see 800 sites with exactly the same content (This site has moved click here).
Will she regard it as dup content? What is the best way to get these deleted sites out of google?

thanks
greg

9:37 pm on Oct 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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So long as the server is delivering a 404 status along with the error page, you should have no worries.
11:40 pm on Oct 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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So long as the server is delivering a 404 status along with the error page, you should have no worries.

How do I do that? I have a line

ErrorDocument 404 [mydomain.com...]

in my .htaccess, but when I check my logs the code returned is a 302.

11:51 pm on Oct 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Correct syntax calls for a local URL-path. See the Apache ErrorDocument documentation [httpd.apache.org]:

ErrorDocument 404 /notfound.html

Jim

3:05 am on Oct 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Thanks Jim,
That worked. I recall that I tried something like that originally and it didn't work, so I put in the full url - but I must have made a different mistake at the time.
Rob
2:12 pm on Oct 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

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hi guys,

thanks for your answers!

greg

 

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