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I've done a quick search, but can't find reference to this. Googlebot has requested hundreds and hundreds of pages from our website with '%09%09%09%09' inserted into the querystring/URL.
At the moment, all of these pages fail. It would be possible for us to capture the requested page, remove all of the '%09' characters and return the resulting page - but we're worried Google might then see our site as having infinite pages.
Has anyone else experience with this? Is there a best course of action?
We're running on a microsoft server platform. caspita isn't from what I've read, so I guess it's not particularly platform related.
We do run a dynamic site, but we're actually returning .htm pages with querystrings. The %09%09...'s are inserted into the querysting. I'm thinking that it is either Googlebot running errors, or that Googlebot is using this as a technique to check we don't return an infinite number of pages (i.e. we don't return a page for any querystring, it has to follow specific rules).
For now, unless we hear a reason otherwise, we're going to allow the site to error and return a 404 page when these pages are requested, rather than fix it.
Incidentally, we're 99% certain we have no links with (this many) tabs in the querystring from within our site, so we think Googlebot has just 'made up' these pages.
It would not surprise me one bit if Google did not test dynamic/server-gen pages further than standard, no offense to you, I am sure if Google does it, it does it for some reason likely related to influencing search results / spam or thereabouts.
I always take my old pages and leave them on my server but I re-code them to redirect the user AND the se's to the new page as follows:
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 3.2//EN">
Then upload oldpage.htm and leave it in place, I got pages changed 3-4 years ago but I leave them because for some reason, certain se's / links have never updated and still from time to time a visitor is sent to oldpage.htm (which now kindly and immediately redirects the visitor to newpage.htm).
And, I think it's more user-friendly than a 404, there are SOME pages which I can not re-direct to the new page (because there IS no new page), some those I re-direct to the MAIN page, the few that are left get a custom 404 with several links to the main parts of my site.
I think you misunderstood me. I get the redirect stuff. I do it all the time. I was talking about getting the old pages out of the SERPs. I have pages in there from 2002 that haven't been accessed or viewed. I would like to get rid of those. I've tried just about everything. It's a G supplemental problem.