netmeg - 6:57 pm on Aug 2, 2010 (gmt 0)
What about if someone else repeatedly links to pages that 404 on your site?
There's a high profile local site that every year helps itself to some of my content without attribution, and every year I have to make a loud noise about it and threaten to post side by site screenshots. They always back down, and add links back to my site as the source. It's this weird game we play.
This year they've linked back in several places with links that 404 on my site until I find them and add a redirect to my .htaccess. This has happened so often and so obviously, I wonder if they aren't doing it on purpose. Stuff like linking to index.htm for the home page, or even Default.aspx (as if!) or .org instead of .com. Is this some nasty strategy on their part, or are they just more clueless than I thought? There's not a lot of these links, but they're from high profile / high PR pages.
They're a news organization, and they've been quite vocal for years about the fact that they believe they deserve to rank higher than I do in Google - because they're a news organization.