joined:Feb 10, 2015
Having a rather odd issue. Google WMT keeps showing a couple thousand 404 errors, many of which are either:
1. Messed up versions of legitimate URLs:
If we have a URL that is (www.example.com)/blue-widgets/c/1234567/, WMT may report something like /blue-widgets/c as a 404. I'm less concerned about these (supposedly Google will try random stuff just to see if it works), and more concerned about...
2. URLs that appear on websites completely unrelated to our own:
The vast majority of our 404 errors. We'll get stuff like /embassies/irish-embassies-abroad/caribbean/aruba/, which is completely unrelated to our site. A Google search of this address with the inurl modifier shows the page belonging to Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.
Another example, /kultur1/Regionarkiv/Avgifter-kring-allmanna-handlingar/, apparently belongs to some regional government website (they aren't all government websites, the two examples here just happen to be).
If I go through and clear them all out, I'll just get them all back again in a few days. What is going on here?