Hundreds of 404 Not Found errors from old wordpress.com blog (8 posts)

  1. justkeepblogging
    Posted 5 years ago #

    A couple of weeks ago I migrated my blog from wordrpess.com to wordpress.org. I didn't do any redirects because I didn't think any were available with wp.com. I updated my Google sitemap and have been getting a lot of 404 Not Found errors. As of today I have 925! A lot of them are in Google.

    Not all of them are real errors. A lot point to pages that are still there and some are errors and point to the old blog.

    What should I do? Will them eventually go away on their own? Is there a redirect I can do?

    My blog is at http:jeffreydeanmorganunlimited.com

    Thanks for any help you can offer.

  2. Joe Hall
    Posted 5 years ago #

    can you give us an address to look at?

  3. justkeepblogging
    Posted 5 years ago #

  4. Did you delete your old .com bog? If not, you can domain map .com to your new site. Redirecting Your Blog « Support — WordPress.com And then post a short redirect and advisory at .com for your new URL. You can't do standard 301 redirects at .com as you can't run a .htaccess file or plugins.

    And I'd be sure you have a Google Webmasters account verified for your new URL, run a a new sitemap and then increase Google's crawl rate on your new site so indexing happens faster.

  5. justkeepblogging
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Thanks for this.

    I'll try to redirect follwoing those instructions.

    I did verify my new site and submit a new sitemap and never thought of increasing the crawl rate! I just did that and see what happens.

    Will the old URLS eventually drop out of the sitemap? I have the old blog set to not get crawled by the search engines but still visible to users.

  6. If you have the .com blog blocked from search, those links will eventually drop out of search results, maybe within a month or so. And if you don't redirect the whole blog, put a last post on the blog with a link to your new URL.....

  7. Shane G.
    Posted 5 years ago #


    Set your desired permalink in your wordpress blog and add this code in htaccess:

    # BEGIN WordPress
    <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
    ErrorDocument 404 /index.php?error=404
    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteBase /
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
    RewriteRule . /index.php [L]
    # END WordPress


    Shane G.

  8. justkeepblogging
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Thanks all for your assistance with this.

    I decided to take the safe way out and let Google and time take care of the problem. In the last few days the Google indexed URLs have dropped from about 925 to about 300, so it's working. In the sitemap the Not Found links have dropped from about 900 to abou 500.

    Shane, I am going to try your code, especially since it may help for future 404 errors.

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