Increasing 404 Hits

  • Resolved Romy

    Hi there,

    Every day I get between 20 and 40 URL hits for 404 monitoring.
    Mainly .xml, .txt and images but also websites like my homepage which do not hit 404 pages. At least they shouldn’t.

    Could you please help me to get this fixed?

    Thank you,

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  • Hello,

    Thank you for contacting Rank Math and sorry for any inconvenience that might have been caused due to that.

    I would suggest that you either head over to the page containing the URL and fix it (if the issue is there) or you could create some redirects so as not to affect your ranking: WordPress Dashboard > Rank Math > Redirections

    Also, we have an article that will guide you on how to fix 404 errors and the options that are available:

    Hope that helps and please do not hesitate to let us know if you need our assistance with anything else.

    Hi Jeremy,

    Thanks for your message.
    That’s the thing. I don’t think there is anything wrong with it. These links do exist. Especially my homepage url. It should not hit a 404 page.
    I removed the redirection as Google suggested not to redirect and rather let visitors know the page they are looking for does not exist.

    Thank you also for the suggested article on how to fix 404 errors.
    According to the article, my options are:
    Fix the source of the problem
    Redirect the problematic URL
    Ignore the problem

    According to google I should not redirect and ignore is probably not a solution therefore I should fix it but as mentioned before I don’t think there is anything wrong with urls. They all exist and should not hit a 404 page.

    I assumed it must be a setting or error why I receive these countless 404 hits?

    Thank you,


    Thank you for keeping in touch.

    The common reason why a 404 error occurred is that a user types your link address incorrectly.

    As I checked the screenshot of your redirection hits, it seems the numbers are not that big so I assume the users must have repeatedly come back to that broken links.

    With that said, you can redirect the 404 links if the hits are very high or just as you said, you can safely leave it if it does not count too much.

    Hope that helps. Thanks

    Thank you.


    We are super happy that this resolved your issue. If you have any other questions in the future, know that we are here to help you.

    Thank you.

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