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Google crawl errors from previous domain owner

2:03 pm on Feb 12, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Hi Guys,

I need some expert help and suggestions. About a month ago I purchased a new domain from an existing business. Their website was shut down 6 months prior of me buying the domain.

I purchased the domain about 1 month ago, submitted all my sitemaps to google did all the SEO bla bla bla...

In the past two weeks I am noticing that Google webmaster tools is coming up with 600+ crawl errors and all the crawl errors are pages that existed when their website was up and running.

How is this possible? I have submitted my own sitemap. Where is Google getting this information from?

Thanks for your help
11:44 am on Feb 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

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i will interested what is the domain name
12:00 pm on Feb 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Google re-crawls every URL they have ever seen at least several times per year.

These "errors" are normal. Google needs to see that the pages have gone, and they will check several times.

You have several choices:
- adopt some of the URLs by placing content there or by redirecting those requests to a page on the new site that closely matches whatever was on the old page.
- completely disassociate the new site from the old URLs by returning 410 instead of 404 for those requests.
- do nothing and let Google figure out on their own timescale that the pages returning 404 no longer exist and aren't coming back.

Do NOT redirect the URLs flagged as errors to the root URL of your site. That would be a technical disaster.

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