404 page

How can I get my 404 page to show up in Google searches? The old website has been removed and replaced by a new website. Now when you search in Google and click on the link you will see this:
https://dilien.com/contact.html
Created a 404 page in blocs and posted it online.

When I remove html at the end of the url then I have the correct page.

I don’t think Google typically index a 404 page. The page is basically just a way of saying they have arrived at an incorrect url.This is all I see at that address:

You would be better off creating a 301 redirect by editing the .htaccess file so it goes to the new address.

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I think it’s recommended that 404 isn’t even on the sutemap. You don’t really want it crawled

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As Flashman has said you really want to setup 301 redirects.

I normally copy the URLs of key pages of the old site and then redirect them to the new equivalents with 301s when the site is replaced if they have changed.

A 301 redirect will update search engine index’s and also keep your ranking of those pages.

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Thanks!!
Found this in the forum and thanks to this link found the good scrips. TOP.

Uploaded the following scripts to the server via .htaccess and everything works as it should.
#http:// to https://
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off
RewriteRule (.*) https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [R=301,L]

#www to non-www
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www. [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ 404 [L,R=301]

RewriteEngine on RewriteRule ^/?(.*).(html)$ /$1 [R=301,L] RewriteEngine On ErrorDocument 404 https://dilien.com/404/ And everything is working fine.

Hope this is also the right way with regard to Google ranking.

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