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Problem in WMT with Googlebot 404 showing wrong directory

     
2:30 pm on Aug 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Today found some 30 urls as not found in Google webmaster tools. Googlebot 404 entries looks like this:
http://www.example.com/directory/page.htm

When real url in my site is
http://www.example.com/page.htm

I though it would be easier, but check sitemap and looks fine. Checked navigation bars and don't find the /directory error.

Searched for 404 error in logs but don't find what Googlebot do in same date...

I'm clueless

1:59 am on Aug 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

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That's an odd one to see, unless those urls really exist somewhre on the web. Sometimes this kind of thing can happen with incorrect relative links on your own pages. I assume you've searched your domain for bad internal links, yes?

If so, then one possible next step would be - can you find any backlinks that point to those URLs? Does any other search engine show those odd urls as being indexed?

10:53 pm on Sept 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Thanks.

I assume you've searched your domain for bad internal links, yes?
Tried that without success.

How do I find relative links on my own pages?
I searched for /directory/page.htm in entire site with 0 results. But perhaps is there any other method I am missing.

can you find any backlinks that point to those URLs

How, doing what?

Does any other search engine show those odd urls as being indexed?
I don't think so. Is the first time I see something like that.

[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 11:55 pm (utc) on Sep. 1, 2008]
[edit reason] fixed code in post [/edit]

12:39 am on Sept 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Does /directory/ exist on your domain at all?
10:46 pm on Sept 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

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yes it does. what exists is /directory/page.htm

but not /otherdirectory/directory/page.htm as I see as error.

11:57 pm on Sept 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

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If your server responds with a 404 status to the request for that url, and there is no place on your site that accidentally uses that url in a link, then there's nothing for you to fix - you can safely forget about the Webmaster Tools report.