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[resolved] Google Webmaster Tools 404 (19 posts)

  1. Kaehla
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    hi

    In the google webmaster tools error report,
    I have more and more error 404 on this event page
    example: http://www.corpsyharmonie.fr/evenements/2036-07-08/

    what happens there ?

    wp 3.5.2
    The Events Calendar 3.0
    Theme Responsive-pro
    WordPress SEO 1.4.13

    Is some one can help me ?

    Thanks before

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/the-events-calendar/

  2. Kaehla
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I have solved my problem by use an other event plugin.

  3. roblagatta
    Modern Tribe Support
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thanks for confirming this, Kaehla. Sorry to hear you had to select another product but I hope whatever plugin you ultimately ended with is serving you well. If you ever decide to revisit ours, know that we're here to help best we can.

  4. kttour-360
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Kaehla, Which plug-in did you switch to because I'm seeing the same thing. TONS of 404 errors on dates that do not exist.

    /kt

  5. Kaehla
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

  6. Barry Hughes
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 11 months ago #

    We're very sorry to hear this got to the point where you moved to a different solution. For anyone else though, please check out the workarounds presented here:

    https://tri.be/support/forums/topic/webmaster-tools-flooded-with-404s/#post-55393

    And note that we are working hard to resolve this in future releases (so that no workarounds will be required).

    Thanks!

  7. anoleimaging
    Member
    Posted 10 months ago #

    This is still happening, and the workaround seems to work only temporarily. 404s steadily grow to hundreds as google follows every date in the year!

  8. Barry Hughes
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 10 months ago #

    Sorry to hear that - but can you provide some further details such as examples of the URLs that are still returning 404s?

  9. anoleimaging
    Member
    Posted 10 months ago #

    There are an ever-increasing list, that look much like this:

    • {..}/events/2036-03-05/

    No events have been entered past this year. 2036?!? ;)

  10. glendraeger
    Member
    Posted 10 months ago #

    I am getting the same thing: {...}/events/2016-01-02/ Google registers this as page not found.

    Webmaster tools is registering over 4000 404s and rising. I tried both solutions from the link above and neither one works for me (rats). Google still registers pages as Not Found.

    Is there any progress on this? I'm getting ready to use the plugin on a very large site, but sure don't want all these 404s....

  11. Barry Hughes
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 10 months ago #

    I believe a few more changes have been made with regards to this and should arrive in the next release - that said, they are not going to be a panacea for this issue which, when all is said and done, is not necessarily a problem for everyone and the current behaviour is in fact considered by some to be correct.

    However, please know that discussions on the best way to proceed are certainly ongoing and so we may see further developments here over time :-)

  12. glendraeger
    Member
    Posted 10 months ago #

    I appreciate you answering this, but I'm baffled as to why this behavior would be considered correct. I was getting regular warnings from Google and finally simply disabled the plugin.

    The system must be creating links to event dates where no events exist. Why have links to blank pages with nonexistent events?

    I love your plugin...but I know for some clients who follow their stats religiously this will be a deal breaker.

  13. Barry Hughes
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 10 months ago #

    Hi Glen, you've neatly encapsulated the problem there - because for some this is indeed a deal breaker and all I can say is we are keenly aware of that and there is ongoing internal discussion about this.

    I appreciate you answering this, but I'm baffled as to why this behavior would be considered correct.

    Well, to take a simplified scenario, if you visit a WordPress site and go to example.com/wrong-url then you're really querying for a page called "Wrong URL". If that page doesn't exist a page not found message will typically be displayed and a 404 status header will be returned. Generally most people agree this is correct behaviour.

    The parallel is that if you go to example.com/events/2015-10-01/ (but have no events scheduled for 1st October 2015) then your query is again drawing a blank and so a 404 status is correctly being returned. You will see in a thread like this one that most people feel strongly that this shouldn't happen, but believe me there are also those with strongly opposing views who feel this is how it should be done.

    So Google's correct in listing all these many 404s because in a typical installation they doubtless exist, and, because customers expect to be able to navigate to the next/previous day we are also linking to them. That aspect is what adds an unusual edge to the situation.

    The bind, then, is doing things correctly but also offering an acceptable means of working around this that doesn't impact on site performance adversely as, again, that's another area that is of high importance for certain segments of the user-base.

    All that to say, we're aware of the problem and everyone's concerns and certainly have ideas for solutions - but it won't I'm afraid be an overnight fix.

  14. Barry Hughes
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 10 months ago #

    ... Following a further conversation today, I think we should indeed see quite an improvement in the next release, so please stay tuned!

  15. anoleimaging
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    OK. Here is a curious thing: I have two different sites using this plugin, and only one shows up on Webmaster Tools having the abundance of 404s. They have both had the calendar for several months. The one that gets considerably more traffic has more 404s. The other has NONE.

    Does this have to do with Google indexing the more popular one more? Or is there some other variable that could help untangle this situation?

  16. glendraeger
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    Thanks, Barry, I appreciate the reply...truly.....I know you guys have probably thought of everything...but why not:

    Just have next and previous go to a day that actually has an event....instead of going to the next or previous day regardless of what it is?

  17. Barry Hughes
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 9 months ago #

    That was certainly discussed (and could be a worthy feature request in its own right, regardless of SEO/404 issues) but I think we're going to go with a plan whereby we simply request certain pages not be indexed.

  18. anoleimaging
    Member
    Posted 4 months ago #

    Let us know when this plan is implemented. 8|

    Sill 'erasing' hundreds of 404s...

  19. leahkoerper
    Modern Tribe Support Rep
    Plugin Author

    Posted 4 months ago #

    Hi anoleimaging,

    Thanks for checking in. We are actively working on improving this situation. In a previous version, we made it so that if the calendar generates a page that results in a 404, like an empty day view (from PRO), we set a meta tag that tells Google not to index but still to follow it (so they can gaily skip across empty days, which they won't use for search results, but then hit upon valid populated day views).

    One of our developers also released a free plugin called Event Rocket that will help reduce overall impact of what Google calls 'hard 404s'.

    Thanks for your patience and support while we continue to improve our plugin.

    Best,
    Leah

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