Google Says I Have 404s That Don’t Exist

Even when you follow the best practices of running a website for your business, you may sometimes get a notice from Google Search Console. If it says your site has a lot of 404 errors, it can be cause for alarm. The other types of 404 errors that may show up on your site are the kind you can’t find. They might not be obvious errors and you don’t know why Google is crawling them. Here is what you should do next.

What is the Google Chrome “Not Secure” Security Warning?

You may not have paid much attention to it before, but the symbol just to the left of the website address gives you an indication of just how secure a particular site is. In previous versions of Chrome, this symbol might have been a green lock, a yellow warning triangle, or a lock with a red X on it. In January 2017, Google began to place more accurate icons in the address bar. Secure sites are marked with a green lock and the word “Secure.” Unsecured sites will still employ the neutral icon, but with the words, “Not Secure” next to it.

How Do I Remove a Web Page from Google Search?

A web page that shows up in search results but doesn’t go anywhere will return a 404 error when users click that link. Most users will hit the back button and leave your site if they get a 404 error. That’s the main reason you can’t just delete a page from your site if it becomes out of date. You’ll have to remove a web page from the Google index if you want to eliminate this source of 404 errors.

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