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Understanding HREFLang Builder Error Codes

If your project has activated error checking, you may see a report of errors in both the project update confirmation email and in the view screen.

Errors in Project Update Confirmation eMail

Once your project updates, you are sent an email that may list the overall status of the URLs in the project. The system lists the count of any errors.

Errors in Project Overview Screen

If you click on your View Screen, you will see the master list of countries and the number of URLs detected, and those with errors if you have no errors in your project, that is perfect!

If you mouse over the numbers in RED, a popup will display the types and numbers of each error type.

Common Error Codes

Status CodeError Description
0This means the URL is not returning any header status – typically, a malformed URL
CANThe URL has a canonical tag pointing to another URL
301 CANThe URL has a 301 redirect to another page, and that destination URL has a canonical to another URL
301 RobotsThe URL has a 301 redirect to another page, and that destination URL has a robot no-index tag
301The URL is redirecting to another URK using a 301 redirect
302The URL is redirecting to another URL using a 302 redirect
401The URL has returned a 401 Unauthorized status indicating Hreflang Builder cannot request this URL.
403HREFLang Builder cannot reach the URL it is giving a “Forbidden” status. Suggest you whitelist HREFLang Builder
404The URL cannot be found
RobotsThe URL has a robot no-index tag

Note:   Please review Server Status Codes or contact us for any additional questions.

Why should I care about these errors?

  1.  None of these pages with errors will be added to your final HREFLang XML file.
  2. Search Engines don’t have unlimited resources and won’t waste their time importing XML site maps that have a lot of errors we have built several error detections into the tool.   You can turn this error checking off, but if you do you are responsible for any problem that comes from submitting a lot of junk to the search engines.
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