---- 301'd pages last forever as WMT internal linking pages
bumpski - 11:42 am on Jan 19, 2014 (gmt 0)
But if A redirects to B, and then later B is removed, then the 410 should be served at both A and B.
I agree entirely. This one case was simply an oversight, one that I imagine happens to webmasters frequently. But should Google report this page, a page that has been gone for 5 years, as a page that links internally to the site?
In addition to this one unusual case, correctly 301 redirected pages have been in this report for 5 months now. (I never really looked this deep into this report before) I'd be interested to know if anyone else sees pages in this report that no longer exist (for a long period), listed as pages linking internally to another page.
Looking at this report:
Webmaster tools, "Search Traffic", "Internal Links", then clicking on the report for the Home Page of the site;
Should Google be listing non-existent pages as internally linking to other pages? I'll certainly be fixing all of these cases with 410's, but most are just properly 301 redirected pages.