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Webmaster Tools and 404's

 5:53 pm on Apr 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

In webmaster tools I'm seeing 404's for pages that do not exist. For instance the correct URL is www.example.com/widgets.htm Googlebot returns URL www.example.com/wydgets.htm as a 404?

Googlebot is misspelling the correct URL's and returning 404's.

Has anyone experienced this or know why it would happen?

Thanks for any help.



 9:50 pm on Apr 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

a) If you use sitemaps check for the misspelling
b) It may be someone misspelt the url on their site linking to yours


 11:42 pm on Apr 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

I think the cause will be a mispelt internal link. There are many linkchecker both desktop and server side that can be used to do this. I was unaware that an incorrect link from another site can cause this if google see's it as a external link, but would be pleased is there is more information on this from other webmasters.


 1:21 am on Apr 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

trimmer...I don't have a site map so that couldn't be the reason, it's possible someone linked to my site with an incorrect URL.

kiniki...I'll download a link checker and see what I can find.

I just went webmaster tools, a couple of the URL's Googlebot says are not working, work fine when I click on them.

Thanks for the replies.


 1:46 am on Apr 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

Hi alvin123,

Yes webmastertools often alerts pages that have no problem thats not too much of a concern. Please keep us posted if you find an internal page causing the 404 after using a linkchecker.

Thanks :)



 11:00 pm on Apr 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

Also, if you have access to server logs, you can search them for the misspelt word and it may give you information on the referring page.

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