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Yahoo Hit a Page that has Never Existed

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5:02 pm on Apr 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

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yahoo just hit a page (that has never existed) on my site:
/?S=A

and of course, this produced a 200/ok response.

is there any way to push a 404 when yahoo looks at this url?

8:50 pm on Apr 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I got a few requests for similar pages today when using 3rd party software to create a G Sitemap, so I don't think it's strictly a Yahoo thing.
8:55 pm on Apr 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

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May be an external Link pointing to your Site with that, and yahoo is just following the link
8:56 pm on Apr 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Can you track if the hit had a referer or not?
9:33 pm on Apr 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Can you track if the hit had a referer or not?

yahoo never outputs a referral string, so no

i don't think anyone would link to something like that, as the page has never existed.

i would hope a competitor wouldn't be able to sabotage my ranks by linking to such a filename..

9:41 pm on Apr 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Is it that the page doesn't exist or an exsiting page was passed a funny query string that resulted in no content being displayed becuase the query string variable value or the variable name itsefl was wrong?
12:43 am on Apr 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

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it was definately, 100% a page that has never existed... but because of the /? in the url, it produces a 200/ok response.
 

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