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Mystery "older posts" page causing crawl errors (9 posts)

  1. oldmankit
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I have been fixing crawl errors from google webmaster tools. Everything is fixed now except for the following.

    I have set-up my site to have a posts page, http://oldmankit.com/writings. Therefore the correct (and working) page for "older posts" is http://oldmankit.com/writings/page/2/

    It has been like this for many months now.

    However, in google webmaster tools I can also see this page: http://oldmankit.com/page/2/

    This page is responsible for several broken links. But I don't want this page; I didn't create it; it's not in my site-maps. It's a dud page. Where did it come from and how can I delete it?

    Thanks for your help with this!

  2. Krishna
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I didn't create it; it's not in my site-maps.

    That means the URL simply does not exist. Is it that?

  3. oldmankit
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    That means the URL simply does not exist. Is it that?

    It does exist (see http://oldmankit.com/page/2/). It's a broken (no images) version of the top page of the domain. It's not a 404. I don't know where it's coming from!

  4. Krishna
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    If you can login to your dashboard, check from your pages if you have the above page. If you find it verify if it has any contents.

  5. oldmankit
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    It's not a page I created. It looks like a page of posts, akin to what it is correctly creating here:

    http://oldmankit.com/writings/page/2/
    http://oldmankit.com/writings/page/3/
    etc.

    The above are correct and working. The below, however, are all nonsense pages, all the same, and all broken versions of the top-level page (oldmankit.com):

    http://oldmankit.com/page/2/
    http://oldmankit.com/page/3/
    http://oldmankit.com/page/4/
    etc.

    If that's not clear, compare
    http://oldmankit.com
    http://oldmankit.com/page/4/ (I want to get rid of this as it's broken and contains broken links)
    http://oldmankit.com/writings/page/4/

  6. Krishna
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    As I said above, verify if they have contents and if they do not have anything, delete all such links. Then change the URLs in your site where they are included by you (for example, there is one on your front page).

  7. oldmankit
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi Krishna, I appreciate your advice, but I don't think you've correctly identified my problem.

    How can I delete a page I have not created? How can I delete links I haven't created? This is why I have created this thread.

    All of my posts appear below "writings".
    e.g.
    http://oldmankit.com/writings/page/1/
    http://oldmankit.com/writings/page/2/
    http://oldmankit.com/writings/page/3/
    http://oldmankit.com/writings/page/5/

    No problem. But the following are not posts pages, they are not displaying anything useful, and I don't want them to exist:

    http://oldmankit.com/page/1/
    http://oldmankit.com/page/2/
    http://oldmankit.com/page/3/
    http://oldmankit.com/page/4/
    ...
    http://oldmankit.com/page/100000/

    I could find more examples.

  8. Krishna
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I did not ask you to delete anything that do not exist. I asked you to delete anything that you find without content and which were not created by you. There have been a few cases like this reported in this forum.

    Read this:
    http://wordpress.org/support/topic/450-new-google-crawl-errors-13-digits-behind-the-existing-url?replies=15#post-3200765

  9. oldmankit
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thanks for the link. I could be related, but I suspect not.

    Since it won't penalise me at all, I'll probably just ignore it, or add these spurious pages to robots.txt.

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