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  • Trevor Hannant
    Tried creating a custom 404 page on your server which you can then redirect to your forum home?

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  • miniriders
    started a topic Tons of 404/Broken links

    Tons of 404/Broken links

    Hey Guys,

    I am the owner of and over the years there been liturally thousands of threads removed for various reasons.

    Now my question is, each an every month there is a ton of traffic coming to my site and going to a page that says "

    vBulletin Message
    Invalid Thread specified. If you followed a valid link, please notify the administrator

    As you can see in the below picture, there is some pages that have a hundred links pointing to it and its not even active anymore. So my question is:

    Is there a tool that I can install to my forum and have all of these broken links, found and then redirected to the root of the forum or is there some other way I can save the traffic?

    Below is a copy of my .htaccess file.

    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^miniriders\.com\.au$ [NC]
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$$1 [L,R=301]

    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www.miniriders\.com\.au$ [NC]
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$$1 [L,R=301]

    RewriteRule ^((urllist|sitemap_).*\.(xml|txt)(\.gz)?)$ vbseo_sitemap/vbseo_getsitemap.php?sitemap=$1 [L]

    RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} !vbseourl=
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !(admincp/|modcp/|chat|cron)
    RewriteRule ^(.*\.php)$ vbseo.php?vbseourl=$1 [L,QSA]

    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !\.(jpg|gif)$
    RewriteRule ^(archive/.*)$ vbseo.php?vbseourl=$1 [L,QSA]

    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !^(admincp|modcp|clientscript|cpstyles|images)/
    RewriteRule ^(.+)$ vbseo.php?vbseourl=$1 [L,QSA]

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