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Link Categories & 404's (13 posts)

  1. AA
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi,

    Well, we removed our blogroll & all the links & categories(except the default)and now all such pages are being recognized as 404's by Google & Yahoo. I have read what I could pertaining to Link Categories but I am not sure I understand how they work. I figured that deleting outbound links would not cause 404 errors on my site, which seems to be true but deleting the categories in which said links were listed, has caused the 404's.

    So, what to do if I no longer want to use Link Categories & wish to remove them? I am missing something here in regards to how WP operates or is there no way to remove Link Categories without getting 404's?

    As far as Google & Yahoo, I can always let them know that the urls such as, /categories/link-categories/page-6, for example, no longer exist or just let them drop off. I would rather avoid the 404's altogether though if possible. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

    Thanks!

  2. stvwlf
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    You can redirect the old URL's to a new URL if you like
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/redirection/

  3. AA
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Thanks but there are not "new" urls :-)

  4. stvwlf
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    You should submit a revised sitemap to Google, Yahoo, etc. When they crawl your site next they will remove the defunct links from their indexes.

    See this plugin to make the process easiest. You have to read the instructions on this plugin as there are things you need to know to use it correctly.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-sitemap-generator/

  5. AA
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Thanks again but I already have a sitemap generator that updates daily.

    What I am looking for is an explanation as to how Category Links operate, so to make a better informed decision. I can easily let Google & Yahoo know that the 404's are legit & will not be back ;-)

  6. stvwlf
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I don't understand what you are saying. Where are the 404's you refer to coming from? People coming from a Google link that no longer exists?

    When you delete a category, WordPress will generate no more links for that category, since it no longer exists. Are you referring to category links you have hard-wired in your template files? You have to delete those manually, of course.

    If not any of the above then I don't know what 404's you are referring to.

  7. AA
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi,

    I deleted Link Categories & the actual outbound links in said categories. All, except one, as it seems as though I am not able to delete the last one. The ones that I deleted are showing as 404's in Google Webmaster Tools.

    As far as being "hard-wired" in my template files, I don't fully understand how Link Categories operate although it does seem that at least one is part of my template files as we are not using the "Blogroll" widget. I am confused as to how all of this functions, hence the thread :-)

  8. stvwlf
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    seeing 404's in Google Webmaster Tools means Google has not yet updated its index on your site. If you are in a hurry, submit a manual site map within Webmaster Tools using http://www.xml-sitemaps.com/ to generate the map

    If you deleted link categories then all your links are associated with the default link category, named blogroll unless you have changed its name.

    If the links display in your sidebar, then your theme is either putting them there from code in sidebar.php, or there is a link widget active.

    Maybe you are confusing seeing 404's in Google Webmaster with thinking people are receiving 404's on your site. You need to get Google to update their index to the present site contents. That sometimes takes a few weeks.

  9. AA
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Thanks!

    If you deleted link categories then all your links are associated with the default link category, named blogroll unless you have changed its name.

    If the links display in your sidebar, then your theme is either putting them there from code in sidebar.php, or there is a link widget active.

    This helps me to understand how things work. Thanks pretty much what I was looking for. So, Link Categories/Blogroll Categories are actually urls, correct?

  10. stvwlf
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    So, Link Categories/Blogroll Categories are actually urls, correct?

    No, the categories are containers that links are assigned to. If you have only one category, or configure WP link display to ignore categories, then link categories are basically irrelevant.

    They basically work the same way that post categories do, as a way to classify posts. A post category is not a post, and a link category is not a link/url. They each have posts / url's assigned to them - its a classifying system.

    WP contains a way you can see a "category page" which consists of all posts assigned to a particular category on one page. link diplay can be configured to display only links assigned to that link category. or all links can be displayed.

    Just like WP blog homepage displays all posts from all categories, and a category page displays posts only from one category. The link system works in a corresponding way, concerning links.

  11. AA
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Good answer!

    No, the categories are containers that links are assigned to

    So, although this is the case, urls of the Link Categories page(s) are nevertheless created thus creating 404's when deleted...right?? I hope...

  12. stvwlf
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    yes

  13. AA
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    whoo...

    Thank you for sticking with this. Sometimes it takes a while to get on the same page without the benefit of voice communications :-)

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