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How long does it take for 404 errors to clear out from WMT?

     
7:56 am on Dec 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

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We removed a sub directory with about 30 or so pages many months ago, can't remember now, must've been at least 3-4 months by now. But we're still seeing the 404 errors in our WMT. How long does it take for the 404 errors to stop showing up in google's WMT?
10:18 am on Dec 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

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First of all be sure you don't have any internal nor external link pointing to that url.

Then read this: [sites.google.com ]

Then you can discover how 404 are affecting your rankings here: [googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com ]
10:53 am on Dec 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

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If you deliberately removed the pages, you should never have allowed 404s in the first place. You should be returning 410s. If it's a single complete directory, you're looking at one line in .htaccess or your config file. It's not too late to add it.

There is no known time limit, but 410s seem to go away faster than 404s.
4:14 pm on Dec 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I have 404's going back SEVERAL YEARS, because I haven't gotten around to creating a rule for 410s.

Google never forgets.