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Crawl Errors | Google Webmaster Tools Guide

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In this video we will look at “Crawl errors” in Google Webmaster Tools (GWMT) and discuss the meaning of each error.

Types of crawl errors found in GWMT

crawl different types of errors

Server errors

When a page returns a response code “500” or a variation of code 500, Google records it as a server error and notify us here.

This will allow you to trouble shoot especially if your site is divided into sections and only part of it is down, a lot of time you do not find out until someone tells you.


Soft 404

A soft 404 happens when a user requests a page that no longer exists and is landed to a page that is different from the original page and yet the page still returns a 200 OK status server response. Google doesn’t this because it is not user friendly.

Read more about soft 404 errors


Access denied

Google notifies us which section of the site is preventing Google from accessing it. Sometimes this is done unintentionally so this is a good tool to help us monitoring.


Not found (404) errors

This is probably the most common error people see in GWMT. This type of error happens all the time because content of the site is constantly getting updated or deleted.

From SEO perspective, we want to capture the link juice that some of these missing URLs had before getting deleted or moved. Of course not all the URLs have link juice.

This is where our Bulk URL Check tool come in to play. You can use this tool to find out which URL contains high link juice and make sure 301 redirect is applied to it.

Read this for how to fix the Not found (404 ) errors. 


Not followed

There is something wrong with these URLs that Google decided not to follow any more. It could be too much redirect. It could be taking too long to load.



A 400 code is a good example.

  • 400 Bad Request

The request could not be understood by the server due to malformed syntax. The client SHOULD NOT repeat the request without modifications.

Difference between Smartphone and Featured phone

Essentially, featured phones are cheaper version of smart phones with limited features.

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