You might think that an error page is an error page, but there are two sides to this coin which can impact your SEO efforts and make it more difficult for you to rank against your competitors. Soft errors are those which look like a normal 404 error page, but actually load with a page status code of 200 which suggests to search engines that the page is fine and can be included for rankings.

But SEO is rarely that straight forward and the reality is that if you have lots of soft error pages Google can interpret them as normal content, affecting the authority of your website and how well it rank for relevant search terms.

Check out our latest 90 Second Knowledge video to find out how to check if your error pages are hard or soft errors.

Take a look at the video below and don't forget to check out our other 90 Second Knowledge SEO videos for other hints and tips to improve your digital marketing.

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