Page Returning a 4XX Code
What is it?
A 4xx error means that a webpage cannot be accessed. This is usually the result of broken links. These errors prevent users and search engine robots from accessing your webpages, and can negatively affect both user experience and search engine crawlability. This will in turn lead to a drop in traffic driven to your website. Please be aware that crawler may detect a working link as broken if your website blocks our crawler from accessing it. This usually happens due to the following reasons:
- DDoS protection system
- Overloaded or misconfigured server
How to fix it
If a webpage returns an error, remove all links leading to the error page or replace it with another resource.
To identify all pages on your website that contain links to a 4xx page, click "View broken links" next to the error page.
If the links reported as 4xx do work when accessed with a browser, you can try either of the following:
- Contact your web hosting support team
- Instruct search engine robots not to crawl your website too frequently by specifying the "crawl-delay" directive in your robots.txt