Sitemaps and google

johnhardy
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Looking in Google webmasters tools and at an verified site a number of URL errors are reported.

For example mydomain/useful-contacts.asp. If I click on this it goes to a server error page.

Using Dreamweaver I carried out a search of all pages including source code for this page and the term does not exist.

The site was converted from .asp to .php some months ago and I wonder if this is somehow information from the past.

Perhaps I have to resubmit a sitemap to Google somehow but not sure how this is done.

Can anyone please help?

Thanks

John
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Scott FellDeveloper & EE Moderator
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Is it listed in your sitemap in webmaster tools?

Did you create the proper 301 redirects from the old asp to new php? (in htaccess or web.config)
If you don't have a sitemap.xml file listed in your Webmaster tools then you simply have old files still in the google index which are now reduntant.

Google will eventually remove them but in the meantime you can do a few things to speed things up.

1. Create a sitemap.xml file which lists all the VALID URLs on your website, upload to the root of your website and add it under your Webmaster Tools sitemap section.  The google re-index will then be informed that the old ASP urls are no longer valid.

2. Add a 301 redirect for the ASP page to your htaccess file in the root of the website to redirect the ASP page to its new PHP equivalent.

3. Submit a Remove URL request to Google in the Webmaster Tools dashboard ... explained here
https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/1663419

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Many thanks for the excellent advice, I am back on track now!

Regards
John

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