I recently received a message from Google alerting me that they have detected a coverage issue with my site. They said it's a Soft 404 kind of error which is new to me. I tried looking for answers online but since I'm already hungry and feeling sleepy, I feel lazy understanding their technical explanations.

Can somebody explain this to us here in a less technical way?

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AlexEvans Premium
A soft 404 is a URL that returns a page telling the user that the page does not exist. In some cases, it might be a page with little or no content--for example, a sparsely populated or empty page.

When searching for some members here in WA that are no longer live and who have deleted their bio and content, a 404 will be presented; an example.
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davehayes Premium
Good answer Alex
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Stanleycmng Premium
"404 error", means that the page you are trying to open could not be found on the server. This is a client-side incident which means either the page has been deleted or moved, and the URL has not been modified accordingly, or that you have misspelled the URL.

Check your pages and links. If you change an indexed page URL, you will get this error too.

You can check your indexed URL list versus your post and pages URL.
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Brenda63 Premium
If you Google “soft 404 errors” it will lead you to a Google Webmaster tool that explains what it means I tried to copy and paste but it wouldnt let me give you the link search there and it will give you the answers from that link on what to do and how to fix it.
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Dhind1 Premium
I have also received a notification about a soft 404 error. I would be very interested in how to fix this.
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Dhind1 Premium
Search Engine Journal has a reasonable explanation for soft 404. It is not a clear as I would like it to be, nor is it as simple to correct. But here you go.

https://www.searchenginejournal.com/technical-seo/404-vs-soft-404-errors/#close
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brichnow21 Premium
Not really sure, but when I've gone to a site and it isn't functioning...
I believe that is the code in the left hand corner of the blank page.
I could be wrong, but...?
Barb
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