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The error is like this:
Pages that link to http://www.example.com/location/salmon/fishing/outfitter/insurance.htm?yt=&slt=16&slr=12&lpt=1
All of this is a mystery: /location/salmon/fishing/outfitter/insurance.htm?yt=&slt=16&slr=12&lpt=1
Sometimes it may change to another bogus one like:
we don't sell insurance or rent canoes so I'm not sure what this is...some kind of spam?
[edited by: tedster at 6:35 am (utc) on Mar. 5, 2009]
[edit reason] switch to example.com - it can never be owned [/edit]
Also, I updated a sitemap for ONE domain in WMT yesterday and today it says they were all updated at the same time and pending processing.
We've also seen some very strange results for a couple of sites we've been having google-trouble with - up, down, all over the place.
This is in the UK using UK and Web searches.
I think I have figured it out. My registration expired for a couple of days in late February and, wouldn't you know it, my site was crawled and cached the registrars page holder an advertising one. Google still has them cached. That's why only those pages cached links work.
Does anyone know how long a page stays cached?
Texasville, when I overhauled my site I had a bunch of old not found pages. The googles webmasters tool will tell you which ones it finds. I created the old pages again with just a redirect to my homepage or an equivalent new page. It's funny because those redirect pages so far are actually doing ok on the search engines so far.
However, by looking in your server logs you will see them request those URLs for years into the future checking to see if the pages ever return or change status.