XF 1.5 Tags and Google analytics giving soft 404

I'm getting lots of soft 404's in my google search console. All the URLs are /tags/ urls which as a member I can see. However google's bots can't and see a soft 404. (I can see this in the google fetch and preview).

Can anyone advise on how to prevent this? I have the default xenforo robots.txt which doesn't disallow the /tags/

thanks in advance


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Same problem here.

I have got an email from google:
New Index coverage issue detected for site ww.mysitedomain.com

To owner of site ww.mysitedomain.com,
Search Console has identified that your site is affected by 1 new Index coverage related issue. This means that Index coverage may be negatively affected in Google Search results. We encourage you to fix this issue.

New issue found:
Submitted URL seems to be a Soft 404
In Google search I can see this


Any idea what the problem is?
I believe it's tags on images. By default these are blocked from guests on my site so google cannot see them. There's no way around it unfortunately if you want guests not to see your images.