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Google Webmaster Tools Says Errors Found
Any simple method for finding these?

 5:23 pm on Oct 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

Google webmaster tools, upon the latest spidering is noting several linking errors, mistyped text basically on links, within my site. Is their any way to be able to find the pages from whence these errors have been generated without going thru them page by page?



 11:50 pm on Oct 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

Run the site through Xenu LinkSleuth and look at the report that it generates.

It lists all pages on your site that have links with errors - by pages with errors, and then again by error URL.


 12:20 am on Oct 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

Tried that first, Never found the links
that Google says are errors. Not one.


 12:28 am on Oct 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

They must exist on other sites, external to yours then.


 2:23 pm on Oct 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

No they must exist somewhere within my site's framework, based on the link itself, besides, if they existed on someone elses site, would they be showing up on a Google webmaster's tools report for my site?


for example here is one of about 5 with a similar error
showing as "not found" in the report


 2:43 pm on Oct 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

That piece rel= looks suspiciously like a page that wouldn't validate with the w3c validator. (Just guessing.)


 2:45 pm on Oct 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

I know what I am about to say is kind of dumb, but i immediately thought of a thread several months ago discussing page rank and a particular page rank prediction tool being used to get some xml information from that tool. I can not remember what it was, but i remember i looked in to it and i was seeing that a web site that i was checking had bogus links in the R N="2" L="2" value.

Its kind of off topic, but i think that if you ever had a page like that, it may be trying to look for it again if you had already deleted it, also I have also noticed it that R N="2" L="2" value that there were bogus pages that never existed.

I think what i am trying to say is that there is a good chance that Google adds bogus links to a site for some reason that has to do with PR and also algorithm.

Thats a guess of course, but [webmasterworld.com...] is when i first noticed that google did that kind of thing. granted its not sitemaps, but i do not see why google would not apply it to other things search and site related.


 6:55 pm on Oct 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

You simply have a missing "quote" right after the URL in a link, and the space before the rel= gets converted to %20 each time.

That's all the error is. Find the page with that non-valid HTML and run it through [validator.w3.org...] and fix everything found.

Do HTML validation errors affect indexing? Yes they do. This is a typical example.


 6:59 pm on Oct 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

>>>>Find the page with that non-valid HTML <<<<<

bingo...that would be my initial question...find the page....


 7:15 pm on Oct 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

There might be more than one, if you use copy and paste a lot!

That's why I always say to people to run a few pages of your site through an HTML validator. It easily finds silly problems like these.

Are we sure that Xenu LinkSleuth doesn't see it? I would be surprised if it did not.


 7:22 pm on Oct 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

If there is a group of errors that has a common string like '.htm rel=' and if you have a utility like grep, then you could search the directory for all the files that have that problem (e.g., missing quote after htm).


 7:29 pm on Oct 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

Xenu LinkSleuth found other errors, though not major ones such as what it interpreted to be image link errors that in actualality were not, but these were not found.

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