Dec 1st, 2022

Soft 404 Page Error – What it Means, How to Fix It

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Dhairya Shah

Software Engineer

If you’ve been working on a website for a while, you’ve probably come across the soft 404 error. Google Search Console may notify you of a Soft 404 error on your website via email.

So, what exactly are these errors? As a result, in this article, we will discuss what a soft 404 page error is and how to fix it.

What is a soft 404 error and how it is different from 404 error?

Common Reasons for Soft 404 error

Here are the four possible causes of a soft 404 error:

How to Fix Soft 404 Errors?

Sometimes, the crawling tools will not detect a soft 404 because it is not a 404 error. Crawling tools, on the other hand, can be used to catch something else.

Here are the few things to keep in mind:

In addition to the crawling tools, you can use Google Search Console to find pages listed as soft 404s by looking under crawl errors.


I wrote this article after receiving an email from Google about Soft 404 errors on one of my websites. So I did some research and decided to share my findings with other developers through an article.

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