Webmaster Error Messages

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Types of links that are listed:

1. Categories listings
2. Not even sure what this is
3. Author listings
4. Normal posts/pages urls
5. Not sure what this is

How do I fix these errors?
smuralisankarAsked:
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COBOLdinosaurCommented:
Well you have the domain obscured so based on the fragments: if the domain is external then those site have bad links and you should let they know.  If they are internal links then you either have some bad links, stupid user who type badly, your page generation is putting out invalid links or your server is not finding the pages.  With the very limited information you have provided its just a guessing game.  

Being as it's Christmas maybe the the Grinch stole the links.



Cd&



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smuralisankarAuthor Commented:
Here is the domain name:

thedigitalprospect.com
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COBOLdinosaurCommented:
I don't see anything on the pages of the site that should disturb the 'bots, so I suspect that the errors on pages linking into.  The way to determine that and identify the source is to look at the server error log for the dates with the problem and find the 404s he error will have the ip and possible the domain name where the request came from.  It might also be hat the 404 was not really a missing page but an inaccessible element for a page, like an image, or include file.  The errors will also tell you exactly what the server was looking for that it could not find, so you can verify that the link does or does not have a problem.

Some of those links on the listing have parameters that may have been incorrect.  The error log should atleast let you know what happen.  Any you don't find on the error log, are probably an error by the crawler.  SE spiders are not perfect and occasionally will report false errors.


Cd&
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
Google reports links they have found on other sites to your site also.  And if they are 'old' links to 'old' pages, then they will show a 404 and there is nothing you can or need to do about them.

You can use something Gsite Crawler http://gsitecrawler.com/ to make a 'sitemap' and see what errors it comes up with.
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smuralisankarAuthor Commented:
None of the links to these 'not found' pages are from any other site. They are all internal links.

The internal links are also (not all of them) have been removed. Those pages are also not found now.

However, the errors still persist.

How do I get rid of them?
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COBOLdinosaurCommented:
You probably need to update your sitemap and re-submit to Google.  Make sure the sitemap does not contain any of the bad links.

Cd&
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Jason C. LevineDon't talk to me.Commented:
If you do find actual broken pages after going through Cd&'s steps above, you will need to write redirects to fix them.

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/redirection/

is a great plugin that makes this painless if you are not an .htaccess guru.

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smuralisankarAuthor Commented:
You probably need to update your sitemap and re-submit to Google.  Make sure the sitemap does not contain any of the bad links.

The sitemap updates automatically. However, resubmit is different.
But, if I do that, won't that take all my pages off google and reinclude them?

Won't that make my lose out in SEO?

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If you do find actual broken pages after going through Cd&'s steps above, you will need to write redirects to fix them.

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/redirection/

is a great plugin that makes this painless if you are not an .htaccess guru.

If I do redirects, that will make sure that someone who lands on that page will be redirected to another page.
But will it remove the errors in Gwebmaster?

After I use this plugin and enter the links, should I do something else? Like resubmit the sitemap or just wait for G crawler to update the sitemap? or something?
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Jason C. LevineDon't talk to me.Commented:
>> If I do redirects, that will make sure that someone who lands on that page will be redirected to another page.
>> But will it remove the errors in Gwebmaster?

If the 404 error is due to a bad incoming link to your site, then doing a 301 redirect removes the error.  

>> After I use this plugin and enter the links, should I do something else? Like resubmit the sitemap or just wait for G crawler to update
>> the sitemap? or something?

No need.  For the bad links, you enter the redirection and save it and your site will now redirect bad link to good link.

But there are different kinds of bad links and you need to do all of the research to figure it out.  If the link is external to your site, redirection is your only recourse other than contacting the other webmaster and getting them to fix it (good luck with that).  If the link is broken in your own content, you need to find it and fix it right away...don't bother with redirection.  Bad internal linking is death on SEO.

>> But, if I do that, won't that take all my pages off google and reinclude them? Won't that make my lose out in SEO?

Nope.  Presumably your sitemap contains good links and that's what Google cares about.  What you don't want to do is serve up hundreds of bad links in the sitemap.  Google will penalize you for doing that.  Resubmitting a clean sitemap will actually help your SEO, not hurt it.

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COBOLdinosaurCommented:
Re-submitting is not any different than updating from Googles standpoint.  My experience has been that when I submit a replacement sitemap, that the site gets crawled within 72 hours (most of the time in 24) so if you remove any bad links a quick crawl is what you want.

If you are going to be doing re-direct, do those before you update so the sitemap is given the new page locations.


Cd&
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smuralisankarAuthor Commented:
If the link is broken in your own content, you need to find it and fix it right away...don't bother with redirection.

I think I did that.

I clicked on the "linked from" and went to the pages and made sure that the links pointing to the page are not there or the pages pointing 'in' are themselves removed.

I have waited a long time after doing this. However the errors are not going away.

(I have not used any redirection)


Nope.  Presumably your sitemap contains good links and that's what Google cares about.  What you don't want to do is serve up hundreds of bad links in the sitemap.  Google will penalize you for doing that.  Resubmitting a clean sitemap will actually help your SEO, not hurt it.

Ok. Understood. However, what about the existing rankings of my pages in the SERPs?
Won't I be losing out on that?

And google would now consider my pages as new and not as old.
Therefore, some of my syndicated content might be considered older than my original content which I put up on my site first.
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Jason C. LevineDon't talk to me.Commented:
>> Won't I be losing out on that?

How can you lose out on SERPs if the page returns a 404?  Be definition, it's not a search result :)  By worrying about that you are doing yourself more harm than good.

>> I have waited a long time after doing this. However the errors are not going away.

Define "long time" for us.  Google may not be crawling/indexing you as often as you would like.

>> Therefore, some of my syndicated content might be considered older than my original content which I put up on my site first.

Don't change the publication dates (assuming this stuff is in a CMS of some sort).  The sitemap should have accurate pub dates which would solve most of your problems.
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smuralisankarAuthor Commented:
Define "long time" for us.  Google may not be crawling/indexing you as often as you would like.

I have waited between 5-15 days for various pages. Isn't that enough?

Besides, the date in the bottom says updated on DEC 21. That date keeps updating but the errors are still the same.
The date in GWMC also keeps updating - the one that says, sitemap last updated/submited on

The google cache date for the search result is also updated.

Don't change the publication dates (assuming this stuff is in a CMS of some sort).  The sitemap should have accurate pub dates which would solve most of your problems.

I am using wordpress. However, I have removed the date from appearing on the post since I don't want some of the posts to appear outdated.

I have noticed that when the date is not there on the search results, they get higher CTRs.

Some readers just assume that the content is outdated even when it is not, if they see something that is more than even 6 months old. (since I work in the online marketing industry).
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Jason C. LevineDon't talk to me.Commented:
>> I have waited between 5-15 days for various pages. Isn't that enough?

Probably.  I tend to wait 30 days before hitting the panic button unless my site has historically faster updates from Google.  One thing you may find is the longer you leave errors out there, the longer Google takes to fix them.

>> However, I have removed the date from appearing on the post since I don't want some of the posts to appear outdated.

That's not always relevant for the sitemap file.  Typically the sitemap includes date of publication anyway.  The CTR is a user thing which is neither here nor there.  You were worried about the old stuff being regenerated as "new" but since you are using WordPress that shouldn't be an issue.

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