How to Find 404 Error Pages Using Google Webmaster Tool

Some time back I shared an article on SEO optimization using Google webmaster tool and extending that tutorial, here I’m sharing how to find 404 pages on your blog using free Google tool call Google webmaster tool.

ShoutMeLoud traffic is almost 20% impacted due to Google panda and in effort to recover from Google panda effect, I’m working to fix all broken links on my blog. There are many things which I will be doing along with it, and I will be sharing my experience and tutorials along.

Broken links and 404 pages are useless for search engine bots and it’s a dead-end. It’s an important part of SEO to fix all possible 404 pages. Though in WordPress we have plugin name Broken link checker which will let you find all the broken links. But, if your blog is huge, it might slow down your server for a while. You can also take help of broken link checker website to find broken links on your blog.

Finding 404 Error pages:

So the easy way to use Google webmaster tool to find all 404 pages and fix them. To find the list of all 404 pages, you can login to Google webmaster account and under diagnostics click on Crawl errors. Click on not found and you will see a list of all the links which are giving 404 error.


On the right hand side, you will see a column for linked from: Click on that and you will find all the pages from that broken link is linked. You can manually edit those links and let Google recrawl your blog.


If you see any links from external domain which is broken due to mis-spelling or you might have changed something. You can notify the owner to fix the link or set up a 301 redirection on your blog to redirect that link to original link.

Depending upon your blog size, this may be little lengthy process, but in long-term this is going to be useful for your, for readers and most important for search engine. Though this trick will not tell you about outgoing broken link from your blog. You should consider using any other tool like broken link checker plugin or Xenu to find all external broken link as well.

Do let us know how do you take care of 404 pages and broken links on your blog? Do you use Webmaster tool or any 3rd party tool?

Subscribe on Youtube

Article By
Harsh Agrawal is a blog scientist and a passionate blogger. He is blogging since 2008 & writes about Blogging, SEO, Make money online & tech. His blog, ShoutMeLoud receives 1 million Pageviews/month and have over 700K subscribers.


COMMENTs ( 10 )

  1. raijean says

    Harsh, I have about 648 errors, how do I edit them.. I just see the linked from link but not how I can correctly edit..

    • Teckilla says

      The same problem i am facing here…i click on the linked from pages but i cant find the editing option there..if possible can u provide a screenshot ??

  2. Miraclepitu says

    Sometimes i use broken link checker plugin, and try to redirect the error pages to my homepage.. i late to give intention about webmaster tool. Now i want to learn more how to build high quality blog with high quality content. Thanks Harsh,,your article always useful for me…

  3. Athul - Juniorhero says

    Cool article, but I found only some temporary posts like hello world in the not found list. it would be great if google adds a feature to ignore not found links

  4. Geet | HobbyIdeas says

    Google webmaster’s crawl error is a good place to find broken links. I do check it at times and act up on it.

  5. Seobricks says

    This post is going to help us fix lots of broken links from our websites. Thanks a lot Harsh for sharing this important information. Apart from this, there is HTML suggestion section in GWT, really useful for website owners and bloggers

  6. Stefan says

    Do you know any methods to find pages linking to others 404-pages? Since I don’t have control over the domain I can’t use Google Webmaster Tools.