404 Errors By Third-Parties Shown In Google Webmaster Tools

Nov 22, 2011 - 8:40 am 8 by

404 errorI am glad I do not have 404 OCD, because if I did, I'd be spending all my waking hours fixing 404, page not found, errors on my web sites.

A WebmasterWorld thread has some webmasters complaining that they have 404 errors being reported in Google Webmaster Tools that are not real pages, nor are they being linked to at all.

One said:

I came across some 404 pages on my site in Google WMT. These were pages that i know i definitely do not have on my site. Anyway i investigated and looked at the linking pages and they were external websites that are referencing my URLs and not actually linking using <a href> tag.

It seems Google Bot has tried to follow these URLs and reporting them as broken links.

This is supposedly a common issue.

But which would you prefer? To not know about potential 404 errors or for Google to hide 404 errors that you cannot do much about.

Most 404 issues can be handled either by keeping them a 404, because the 404 makes sense or by setting up clever redirects. Or even by placing content on web page.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

Image credit: Tomasz Bidermann / ShutterStock.

 

Popular Categories

The Pulse of the search community

Follow

Search Video Recaps

 
Video Details More Videos Subscribe to Videos

Most Recent Articles

Search Forum Recap

Daily Search Forum Recap: May 24, 2024

May 24, 2024 - 10:00 am
Search Video Recaps

Search News Buzz Video Recap: Google Ranking Volatility, Ads In Google AI Overviews, Sundar Pichai Interview, Heartfelt Helpful Content & More Ad News

May 24, 2024 - 8:01 am
Google Search Engine Optimization

Google: The Site Reputation Abuse Policy Enforcement Not Yet Algorithmic

May 24, 2024 - 7:51 am
Google Search Engine Optimization

Google Search Can Now Index Electronic Publication (EPUB)

May 24, 2024 - 7:41 am
Google

Directory Of Embarrassing Google AI Overviews

May 24, 2024 - 7:31 am
Web Analytics

Google Analytics Real-Time Reports Adds Users In Last 5 Minutes

May 24, 2024 - 7:21 am
Previous Story: "No Manual Action" Response After Google Reconsideration Request