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01-21-2015, 01:22 AM
Difference between 404 and soft 404 error?

01-21-2015, 03:40 AM
There are some difference between 404 and soft 404 error. The page is not found, it's called 404. when page is not found and the page not related with that page is called 404 soft.

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01-22-2015, 03:08 AM
404 Not Found is an error code which states that the requested resource could not be found but may be available again in the future. Subsequent requests by the client are permissible. A soft 404 means that the server did return a page but it looks like it couldn't find anything. Imagine a portal with a page for a house for sale. The house gets sold and that page now becomes: "This house has now been sold". This would become a soft 404 error if it remained in the sitemap.xml or there were links to it from other pages.