Support » Plugin: Ditty News Ticker » Results in Massive Google Crawl 404 errors with Control Navigation

  • Resolved adshap8


    I was using this fantastic plugin, with no problems, until I checked Google webmaster tools, and found out that my site has 2400+ 404 error pages. This was a sudden raise from around 40 error pages that appeared the exact day that I installed this plugin.

    The error is that with the Control navigation options enabled (either numbers or buttons), each of the numbers/buttons you create for your news item creates 404 error pages when crawled by google.

    So if you have 4 news items on your sidebar appearing on every page, every single page on your website will now have 4 additional 404 errors.

    Example: will now include


    You can see this, because if you hover over the numbers or buttons on the widget, this link appears.

    Clicking on these buttons of course works properly and exactly as it should, so it isn’t actually bringing up 404 pages. However, Google significantly penalizes websites when they have that many errors.

    I hope this can be addressed soon, as this is an excellent addition to anyone’s site. In the mean time, as long as you don’t enable control navigation, everything is fine.

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  • Plugin Author metaphorcreations


    Thanks for letting me know about this. I have add rel=”nofollow” on those links in an update. Hopefully that will resolve the issue. I have setup Google Webmaster tools for myself so I will keep an eye on it.

    Plugin Author metaphorcreations


    This should be fixed for you. Let me know if you still see these errors.

    I can see with the new update there will be no more errors. However Google is still crawling previous errors. Hopefully it eventually disappears, google recrawls, and there isn’t too much rank loss.

    Thanks for the fix though and still think this is a fine great plugin.

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