AskApache Google 404 4.8.0
AskApache Google 404 is a sweet and simple plugin that takes over the handling of any HTTP Errors that your blog has from time to time. The most common type of error is when a page cannot be found, due to a bad link, mistyped URL, etc.. So this plugin uses some AJAX code, Google Search API’S, and a few tricks to display a very helpful and Search-Engine Optimized Error Page. The default displays Google Search Results for images, news, blogs, videos, web, custom search engine, and your own site. It also searches for part of the requested filename that was not found, but it attaches your domain to the search for SEO and greater results
This section describes how to install the plugin and get it working. http://www.askapache.com/seo/404-google-wordpress-plugin.html
Upload the zip file to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory and unzip.
Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
Go to your Options Panel and open the “AA Google 404” submenu. /wp-admin/options-general.php?page=askapache-google-404.php
Enter in your Google Search API Key and configure your settings.
If you use a 404.php file, add to the body.
Do I need a Google Account?
Do I need a 404.php template file?
No, one is included with the plugin.
My 404.php page isn’t being served for 404 Not Found errors!?
Add this to your .htaccess file — and read my .htaccess Tutorial for more information.
ErrorDocument 404 /index.php?error=404
Redirect 404 /index.php?error=404
Fixing Status Headers
For super-advanced users, or those with access and knowledge of Apache .htaccess/httpd.conf files you should check that your error pages are correctly returning a 404 Not Found HTTP Header and not a 200 OK Header which appears to be the default for many WP installs, this plugin attempts to fix this using PHP, but the best way is to use my .htaccess trick above. You can check your headers by requesting a bad url on your site using my online Advanced HTTP Header Tool.
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