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stevedix1

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Lots of 404 in google webmaster tools
« on: May 01, 2014, 10:11:53 AM »
GWT is suddenly reporting lots of 404 urls that can't possibly exist, in this format:

[external links are visible to admins only]

When I check in GWT to see where it is linked from, it says:

[external links are visible to admins only]

However, looking at the sitemap this is definitely NOT in my sitemap.

Any ideas how google is finding/generating this?

Steve

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Re: Lots of 404 in google webmaster tools
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2014, 10:24:33 AM »
Sorry - didn't realize external links would be hidden, so here's an example:

GMT logs this:

[external links are visible to admins only]

and says it's linked from here:

[external links are visible to admins only]

which I can't see and there are about 600 more 404s logged

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Re: Lots of 404 in google webmaster tools
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2014, 05:55:33 AM »
Hello,

can you provide a screenshot of gwp page with error message and "linked from" details?
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Re: Lots of 404 in google webmaster tools
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2014, 07:26:39 AM »
Hi Oleg,

Here's a WMT screenshot of one of the reported urls.

Steve

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Re: Lots of 404 in google webmaster tools
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2014, 02:17:19 PM »
Hello,

possibly the links was there before but now it's correct? (the link was detected in Apr 29th)
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Re: Lots of 404 in google webmaster tools
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2014, 07:09:14 PM »
I don't think they were Oleg. But it's interesting, because I now realise that google stores all old sitemaps and uses them to double check if links still exist...

Anyway, not to worry - you obviously can't see any reason for it to be there and nor can I.

Thanks anyway,

Steve

 

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