Google's Search Results 404ing

Apr 25, 2011 • 8:48 am | comments (6) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

Google 404 ErrorOver the weekend I spotted dozens of reports from Google searchers that the search results are not working on Google.

Users would enter a search phrase, hit search and be sent to a Google 404 page not found page, such as this one. Here is a picture of an example:

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The main thread on this issue is at a Google Web Search Help thread. But here are many other threads with complaints.

Kelly from Google asked searchers to tell her "which browser you're all using."

The issue is, it is happening on all browsers. From Internet Explorer, to Safari, to Firefox and even Google's Chrome browser.

Personally, I was not able to replicate the issue - so maybe it is now fixed or maybe it is only effecting a very limited audience?

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.

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Dan Rudden

04/25/2011 02:41 pm

It's a sign that maybe next year they should stop denying the 2 Billion Christians a Good Friday and Easter doodle.


04/25/2011 10:51 pm

Google search returning 404's? I'd say that's better than many of the search results it's been returning since February. Google continues disinvestment in search and it really is showing.

Jonathon Hewitt

04/25/2011 11:55 pm

I have noticed quite a few myself lately and I was surprised they had no link of any sort, not even to the homepage or a search function, which proves a poor user experience. I guess the same rules of good design don't apply to Google.

Party Bus DC

04/26/2011 07:40 am

Here is a similar story Google has a new 404 error page that's displayed when you type a Google address that can't be found (for example: The new error page is supposed to be funny, but it's not useful. Google's laconic page informs visitors that "the requested URL was not found on this server. That's all we know."

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04/26/2011 08:43 am

It's amazing to see that google search result 404ing, but i am still confused that what is the purpose of it.


09/19/2011 09:37 am

Mine is happening AFTER the page has been found!! It is worse when I use the cached search, but after about 30 secs on my searched page it loads up the stupid 404 page. I'm suing Safari.  Not happening so much on firefox but happens occasionally. It keeps on happening, like a virus but I'm using Mac so I don't suppose I've got got that problem.  Any ideas folks?

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