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Google Webmaser Tools is reporting 404 errors under "crawl errors," and for the most part they are easy to fix with a redirect like: Redirect 301 /themessedupurl http://www.mysite.com/thecorrecturl/" But there are several reported 404 errors that won't be corrected in that way. One common example is a 404 error created by a link to: http://mysite.com/?tag=slug-of-a-valid-url.
I don't know why I keep getting these errors from Webmaster Tools. The links causing the 404s often report as coming from other supposed pages on my site that actually look like search results. For instance, the link causing one of these 404s reports as coming from: http://www.homebrewaudio.com/?page_id=136. Does anyone know why this is happening? I don't even know how an inbound link can register from a search result page, if that's really what that is.
Can anyone shed any light on this?
Hi Ken, try resetting your Permalinks. Go and just hit SAVE. Then check the 404s again. It that doesn't work, then switch the Permalink to the default - save it, then switch it back and save. Sometimes it's a Permalink issue.
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I'll try that Anita. Thanks!
OK. Just saving the current Permalink settings didn't fix it. I currently have it set to Post Name (http://www.mysite.com/sample-post/). I also tried changing it to Default. Saving that. Then changing back to Post Name and saving that again. Still a no go.
I notice that the particular link causing the 404 is a bit.ly I apparently created 3 years ago targeting: "/?post_type=page&p=5573" I don't know why I created a bit.ly link to such a strange url. It looks like some sort of template that was mistakenly created. And I don't know how to redirect it, since the normal .htaccess redirect entries don't work.
Any ideas on that last bit (no pun intended)?
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