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Google Widget for Enhance 404 pages

5x4w3cekd9oyxyf8osi7.pngConfronted by a 404 page, they may then attempt to manually correct the URL, click the back button, or even navigate away from your site. As hinted in an earlier post for “Dont’ use soft 404s – File Not Found”, continuing on the 404 series, Google added a new section in Webmaster Tools called “Enhance 404 pages”. If you’re hosting your own website or blog and you can create a custom 404 page

mf4up4ovk1wo63trs1q.pngGoogle now allows you to embed a widget in your 404 page that helps your visitors find what they’re looking for by providing suggestions based on the incorrect URL. In addition to attempting to correct the URL, the 404 widget also suggests the following, if available — “a link to the parent subdirectory, a sitemap webpage, site search query suggestions and search box”.

9kp7mgvwibiindg3fv5.pngTo add the widget, just visit Google Webmaster Central, by selecting a site from the dashboard and clicking on Tools —> Enhance 404 pages, which allows you to generate a JavaScript snippet. You can then copy and paste this into your custom 404 page’s code. For customizing the looks, you can edit the CSS block. For more information, check out “how to customize the look of your 404 widget”.

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