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Such thing as Google 404 penalty?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by sniper272, Apr 9, 2011.

  1. sniper272

    sniper272 Regular Member

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    ok so nearly a month ago my site disapeared from serps it was page 1 and was a really new site like 3 weeks old only ever built high pr backlinks including articles,directorys,press releases, bookmarks ect no blasts or excessive link building think may be google dance and a few other people on this forum have suggest it would be this also as its a new site all my onpage seo is fine and no linking to bad neighbor hoods or dupe content so im not 100% sure if its penalty or not BUT i dont think it is ever since then google crawls my site alot daily but i keep seeing it crawl stats like this

    [404] mysite.com/subpage/no-text-22222700983632655
    [404] mysite.com/subpage 3/no-text-2339088803632655
    [404] mysite.com/subpage 4/no-text-44453i88803632655
    and quite a few more
    what is this? i have never created or deleted these pages or even put these links on my site? when i put the url in my browser it just comes up with

    "Sorry, the page your requested could not be found, or no longer exists"

    note it is a wordpress site so im thinking maybe something to do with theme or something "elegant theme"

    so i have 3 questions

    1. is this why im not appearing in search results no more? maybe google thinks broken links? or to many 404's

    2.how is google finding these pages there are no links to these pages as i have not created the page in the firstplace

    3. if this is bad how do i fix it?
     
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  2. ash1ey

    ash1ey BANNED BANNED

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    I was thinking of removing my autoblog on 1 domain to see what effects it has on my rankings but was worried about 404's and possible penalties.

    From what I've read you shouldn't get a penalty but I cannot 100% say for sure. Google just see's the 404 and moves on. However if another site is linking to the pages you mentioned above, they may get a penalty for linking to something that isn't there.
     
  3. sniper272

    sniper272 Regular Member

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    ahh i see but google is crawling alot of these pages recently like in the past 24 hrs google has crawled 8 pages like this that i never even knew about im really puzzled because im not sure how google is crawling to them because theres no links on my site linking to these pages nor have i ever created a page with this permalink i really hope your right
     
  4. ash1ey

    ash1ey BANNED BANNED

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    Google won't penalize you for others linking to pages that don't exist.

    As long as you don't have links on your website that link to pages that don't exist, you will be fine :)