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[edited by: phranque at 1:13 pm (utc) on Jul 18, 2013]
[edit reason] no screenshots, please [/edit]
www.mywebsite.com/haiti which is 404 page actually
Returning a code other than 404 or 410 for a non-existent page (or redirecting users to another page, such as the homepage, instead of returning a 404) can be problematic. Such pages are called soft 404s, and can be confusing to both users and search engines.
it could have returned soft 404 if we had link to it, but it says the URL exists and there is a URL from it to a 404 page.
the last 2 pages do not exist and are simply 302 redirects to the homepage
Returning a code other than 404 or 410 for a non-existent page (or redirecting users to another page, such as the homepage, instead of returning a 404) can be problematic.
For some reason our CTO decided it would be right to not return 404 for these pages...
Do you think it's stupid and we shall change it?
As I said I also have this URL reported as 404 in GWT
and GWT reports it is coming from this page
which exists and when I look into its source I can't find any problem, when I fetch it as google again the last does not find any problem etc.
[edited by: bill at 7:39 am (utc) on Jul 23, 2013]
[edit reason] see sticky [/edit]