---- "Not Selected" URLs In GWT Too Large -> How Do I Fix Them?
TheMadScientist - 9:24 pm on Nov 27, 2012 (gmt 0)
...thousands of internal 404 errors won't affect rankings.
That's actually a true statement, because the word links is not in there...
True: Thousands of internal 404 errors won't affect rankings.
False: Thousands of internal links to 404 errors won't affect rankings.
An example of 'imprecise' or at least 'confusing' wording is the initial quote above, because the use of 'internal' regarding 404 errors implies you could have an 'external 404 error', which you really can't, because if it's 'external' it's not on your site, so it's not your error.
You could have a Link to an external 404 error, but you, yourself cannot have an external 404 error, so the use of the word internal is not only unnecessary, the implication of 'having external 404 errors' being possible when they are not makes the statement a bit imprecise, in my opinion, but in any case it's likely confusing to many.