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2. I've had a tag auto-link plugin that would find tag keywords on our wordpress blog and link them to relevant tag pages. I've disabled it 3 days ago.
I'm totally worried about the 'not selected' URLs.
[edited by: TheMadScientist at 7:08 pm (utc) on Nov 27, 2012]
By the way, Google continues to say that the 404 errors don't really cause SERP penalty and I've been told to look elsewhere. However, it's a fact that the rise of 404s and traffic drop are in sync.
2. We installed the tag auto-link plugin because we loved the concept that's been on Engadget for long. It helps users find more posts related to any topic. I disabled it because I was told that it could lead to several 'similar pages' on our website.
3. I'm worried about 'not selected' URLs because I've been told by the experts(?) that the trend in the increase of 'Not Selected' that we've on our site is quite the same as that of those website penalized by Google. Frankly speaking, I've fixed all the problems on the site and back to the default setup that worked fine. The 'Not Selected' is the only 'issue' which is yet to be addressed, if it's an issue at all. I don't know what else I should be fixing to get all the Google love back
TMS - it feels good when someone does a detailed analysis, than just posting 'do this' 'do that'. BIG THANK YOU!
Is there any ballpark figure available on how long will it take Google to really start trusting us?
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...thousands of internal 404 errors won't affect rankings.
I'll proceed with an assumption that since I've fixed all the 404 errors which were originating because of several thousand bad links on my own site, pointing to bad locations on my own site; it's just matter of time that Google will acknowledge they're gone and we've a good user experience. That also tells me I might have to wait several weeks before I see it happening.
When it comes to marking crawl errors as "fixed" in Webmaster Tools, this is something which is not used for the rest of our crawling / indexing systems, it's only used to simplify things in your UI.