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#6492 – 404 redirect

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Monday, 22 January 2018 13:57 UTC
If I purchase will someone help me redirect my 404s to homepage?
phildjay
Monday, 22 January 2018 14:03 UTC
Hi

1 - We won't set the component for you but support will reply to any question about setting up or using the component.

2 -
help me redirect my 404s to homepage
We will never help you do that. This is a big SEO mistake and under no circumstances sh404SEF can do that. There are many ways to redirect some 404s to specific existing pages including the home page but never all 404 to the home page. Just do not do that. 404s are good and that's what you need to have if you remove a page. If you move a page, then you should redirect to the new page.

Rgds
 
wb_weeblr
Monday, 22 January 2018 14:10 UTC
Okay, I'm ready to download but there's a warning saying it will change URLs.

Do you think this may happen? I'm also clueless how to upload and install.

My version now is 4.4.6.2271 through joomla
phildjay
Monday, 22 January 2018 14:15 UTC
On point number 2, we have lots of crawler errors and we think redirecting the 404s may help fix the crawler errors
phildjay
Monday, 22 January 2018 14:21 UTC
Hi

Okay, I'm ready to download but there's a warning saying it will change URLs.
It will change URLs compared to Joomla URLs. If you already have sh404SEF, URLs won't change - despite your version being so old (more than 3 years is like forever in CMS land).

I'm also clueless how to upload and install.
sh404SEF is installed like any Joomla extension, using the standard Joomla installer. I would encourage you to follow the installation procedure described in the documentation.

As your site is totally outdated, I would very strongly suggest that you make a backup of your site beforehand (and be able to restore if anything wrong happens). Is your Joomla also outdated?

On point number 2, we have lots of crawler errors and we think redirecting the 404s may help fix the crawler errors
You mean Google Bot? or which crawlers? If those 404s are on your site - ie bad links, what you ought to do is simply fix or remove the links. If youy talk about Google Bot, they will remove 404s from their index and come back on a regular basis to be sure those are really 404s. Again, there is nothing bad in that and having 404s is fine, including 404s in Google Search console reports.

What's not normal is if those links are on your site and they have a mistake or are just wrong. That you need to fix. Not by redirecting, but simply by fixing the links.

Rgds
 
wb_weeblr
Monday, 22 January 2018 14:22 UTC
Hi

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wb_weeblr
Monday, 22 January 2018 14:32 UTC
We've been warned by Google Adsense that our earnings are penalized until the crawler pages can be crawled correctly.

I'm lost. Don't know what to do.
phildjay
Monday, 22 January 2018 14:35 UTC
Hi

I unfortunately cannot provide any advice related to using Adsense. All my comments were made with respect to SEO / Google Bot.

Rgds
 
wb_weeblr
Monday, 22 January 2018 14:36 UTC
I'll have to hire someone. Don't worry.
phildjay
Monday, 22 January 2018 14:45 UTC
Hi

Yes, that sounds safer. Be sure to keep both Joomla and sh404SEF (and all your extensions) updated at all times, both for security and continued operation though.

Rgds
 
wb_weeblr
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