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Page Loads Fine but returning a 404 error

Page Loads Fine but returning a 404 error

     
4:05 am on Jan 5, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I have several pages that loads fine but when I check on GWT fetch as Googlebot, they return 404 error response. My very concern though is that, given this kind of case, will Google still consider the canonical tag placed in the header of these pages? What would be the best thing to do to solve this kind of situation?
12:14 pm on Jan 5, 2012 (gmt 0)

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google will not index or will eventually remove from the index any url that is getting a 404 status.
1:01 pm on Jan 5, 2012 (gmt 0)

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My very concern though is that, given this kind of case, will Google still consider the canonical tag placed in the header of these pages?

A 404 is not a noindex or a nofollow or a robots.txt. A 404 is they really can't find it. You need to figure out why the page doesn't seem to exist for them. A 403 would be understandable; a 404 suggests that it's time to fine-tooth-comb your htaccess. Look for something like a UA-based redirect to a page that doesn't exist any more, or a non-lethal misspelling.

That's assuming you want g### to get to the pages, right?