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Google finding Non-Existent Pages

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Msg#: 3268029 posted 5:43 pm on Mar 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

I use rewriting on my site and Google is finding pages that do not exist. I thought maybe it was an error in my rewriting somewhere but i've gone through my site pretty thoroughly and cannot find the links. i am running a spider - xenu - on my site now to hope that it can find the links. but does anyone else see anything like this and know how to find where google picks up the links it's crawling?


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Msg#: 3268029 posted 2:32 am on Mar 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

vicyankees - To bump this up and also ask for a clarification...

You start out by saying "pages that do not exist" and then you talk about Xenu looking for links.

Did these pages ever exist, even in prototype form, and even if there were no links to them? If they did, there are explanations about how Google might have found them.


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Msg#: 3268029 posted 2:53 am on Mar 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

Just because you use rewriting on your site that doesn't mean much, could you provide a general description of the forms of urls (no specifics) that are still returning results.

Things like xyz.html existing and xyz.html/ returning the same page would be a hint. Or say /things/xyz.html and /things//xyz.html would be another.

You may find that your server configuration may be causing you some headaches.


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Msg#: 3268029 posted 2:57 am on Mar 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

I accidentally just found the mistake about 5 minutes ago... A reason I strongly push for if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself... I had one of my developers generate a Google Sitemap for me which he was improperly concatenating the URLs for the this subcategory and thus the errant links in the sitemap - usually Google lets you know about bad links in the sitemap. Thanks for everyones time and sorry to have wasted it...

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