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[edited by: tedster at 4:50 pm (utc) on Apr 1, 2011]
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I can't tell if you're saying that Gbot is following a link that isn't a link or incorrectly following live links that are properly formatted?Sorry for the confusion. Gbot is following a link that isn't a link
Google never said a link had to be an href.Google did not invent the internet. A link, up until now, at least to me, was when it's an href.
But you are also saying that, maybe, you can get Google "credit" for an inbound link (assuming your server replies with a 200 OK status) from unlinked text on another website that looks like a URL.Yep - That was the question in mind.
Have I got that right?
Why is google not providing information to the owner of the site on which a broken link appears?(disclaimer: I'm not a G spokesman). Unless that site is hooked up with them, such as using WMT, Google as any other search engine or any other company has no relationship with the site owner.
Unexpected 404 errors
...Google strives to detect these types of issues and resolve them so that they will disappear from Crawl Errors. In general, 404 errors won't impact your site's search performance, and you can safely ignore them if you're certain that the URLs should not exist on your site.
why should google crawl them when the site on which they appear doesn't want them to?