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Also, in the content analysis tab, it is showing short titles and descriptions for pages, say www.example.com/file.html while when I click on this page the link points to www.example.com/file (without .html) and throws a 404. BTW, the page (www.example.com/file.html) do exist and has title and description which is not short or long.
Is this a bug?
Has anyone else experienced the same?
I find the cache date of 1st week of Nov-08
That certainly sounds like a bug. If your traffic is not suffering, then when your investigation concludes there's not real problem you normally can just forget about the report.
However, it is unsettling, isn't it - especially when you see the reported problems growing.
...short titles and descriptions for pages, say www.example.com/file.html while when I click on this page the link points to www.example.com/file (without .html) and throws a 404
Now that is just plain weird. Are you seeing the 404 as an http status in the server header, not just the text of the page?
www.example.com/file.html while this links (href) points to www.example.com/file with a status of 404 going to my custom 404 page.
Not sure whether it can hurt as the URL www.example.com/file.html is working fine but G might be treating it differently.
Regarding traffic, yes we have been hit but it is more to the global recession and our traffic dip match the industry trends.
I see 404 reports for pages that no longer exist, with the page the link is supposedly on, also being one that no longer exists.
These types of reports appear for a short while every few months, then drop out. It's nothing to worry about.
I have a bunch of these as of a few days back. They'll all clear up within weeks as long as the URLs still report as 404 status.
When they do this, the results of the recent check appear in WMT for a few days and then drop out. I have seen this several times before and it has never been an issue.