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Old 20th September 2011, 03:51 AM   #1
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Can someone please tell me the difference between 400 and 404 errors? I'm suddenly getting a lot of them. Do they have any impact on SERP and PR ranks? Is optimizing affected by these errors?

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The 400 error means the server does not understand the request that is being made to it. The 404 error usually occurs when a page URL request cannot be found due to the server being down. It can also happen when you restructure your site, and the search engines still have index listings of your old site pages.
As for affecting your SEO, I don't think it will.

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Old 22nd September 2011, 08:33 AM   #3
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400 - Server does not understand the request.
404 - The page URL request cannot be found due to the Server Down Time or Broken Links.

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Old 22nd September 2011, 12:07 PM   #4
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Can someone please tell me the difference between 400 and 404 errors? I'm suddenly getting a lot of them. Do they have any impact on SERP and PR ranks? Is optimizing affected by these errors?

Thanks in advance.
It really depends on what's going on with your site. If you are getting 404 errors because you have renamed a page (ex site.com/nails.html to site.com/ournails.html) and you didn't place a permanent redirect, you will loose any positive ranking you've gotten for that page and any inbound links will now show a 404 not found error, which of course is not a good thing for your visitors.

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400 - Server does not understand the request.
404 - The page URL request cannot be found due to the Server Down Time or Broken Links.


This is right.

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Old 15th February 2012, 12:01 PM   #6
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As far as rankings go, you have to remember that Google's number one goal is to give their users a great experience. So, if your pages are returning errors, it will definitely affect your rankings. The last thing that Google wants to do is take its users to a broken page.

That being said, it does take quite some time for Google to crawl a page and notice that it is broken, and they do seem to give a bit of grace as sometimes pages are down for a short time. But if it stays down, it can completely wipe out the rankings of that particular page.

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Can someone please tell me the difference between 400 and 404 errors? I'm suddenly getting a lot of them. Do they have any impact on SERP and PR ranks? Is optimizing affected by these errors?

Thanks in advance.
Analyze the URLs showing these errors in Google Webmaster Tools. If you are getting these errors you will loss ranking for pages that are showing 404 errors. 400 errors check your linking structure.

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