If you are a blogger, you already are familiar with 404 pages. If you see a 404 page somewhere on the web, there are two reasons for it: (1) The page you are looking for it was never created, or (2) The page you are looking for it is removed.
If you own a blog there is no proper way to track 404 pages in it. In WordPress there is no native solution to track a 404 page. There are some plugins available but these plugins don’t work well.
However, I have found a way to track 404 pages. Most of the websites owners use Google Webmaster Tools and it tracks 404 pages in your website. I use Webmaster tools from long time but I had never noticed this feature.
To track 404 pages on your website you need to add your website in webmaster tools and verify it.
How to track 404 pages in Webmaster tools?
Login to Google Webmaster Tools using Google account. And click on the website.
You have already added a site; you can more than one website. Webmaster Tools shows your sites that you have added in it. Click of the site that you want to work with, if there is only one site click on it.
To track 404 pages in Webmaster Tools you must submit a sitemap of your site. In WordPress you can create sitemap using this plugin here. This plugin will create a page for sitemaps and you can add your page in webmaster tools.
(1) How to create a sitemap?
(2) How to submit a sitemap in WMT?
Click on health>Crawl Errors>scroll down the page until you see URL errors.
URL errors section has some of the sub section as Server error, soft 404.
Click on not found.
Now you will see the list of all 404 pages in your website. You can download the list by clicking on download.
In above screenshot, you can see there are 2,274 missing pages.
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