404 errors from blog

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I've just received a message from google letting me know that I have hundreds of 404 errors, all of which are coming from my blog page.

http://www.a-class-driving.com/a-clas...

It seems that many, perhaps all of my old posts, that had links in them to articles, and other sites, have all gone dead.

What's the best thing to do here.

Google says that "Google detected a significant increase in the number of URLs that return a 404 (Page Not Found) error. Investigating these errors and fixing them where appropriate ensures that Google can successfully crawl your site's pages."

I really don't want to get in trouble with Google Almighty, is there a way to delete these pages? Or should I do something else here?
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Hi Will,

I clicked through a number of your blog posts including ones from 2009 and never saw a 404 error. Are the post links indicated in the report pages you want active on your website? If they are not you certainly can delete them, but if you want them to remain on your website we need to investigate further. Are you able to load any of the links they indicated?
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Hi

Thanks for getting back to me. If I need to delete them, then so be it. But I'm interested in why there is a problem. Seems a shame to do all that work, to then have it simply wiped away.

How would I investigate further?

All the links from this error page come back with 404 errors. It's gone up today from 174 to 184.

Here is the no 1 priority link according to google

http://www.a-class-driving.com/bristo...

Could I use webmaster tools to remove the URLs from being crawled? Or would it be best to just delete them from Yola. Which I'm a bit loathed to do.

Thanks in advance for helping again
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I may be stating the obvious here, but from what I can tell, all the 404 errors are from the "bristol-test-centre-blog" directory.

In other words...

THIS WORKS: http://www.a-class-driving.com/a-clas...
THIS DOES NOT WORK: http://www.a-class-driving.com/bristo...

Now, there does not seem to be such a directory as I even tried it without the "topic / post" at the end.

NO ERROR: http://www.a-class-driving.com/a-clas...
ERROR: http://www.a-class-driving.com/bristo...

If you would like to remove this URL in WMT, go to Google Index --> Remove URLs --> Create a new removal request. After that go to Crawl --> Crawl Errors and mark them as fixed.

More reading here... https://support.google.com/webmasters...
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I have seen that also for my site, where it is some sort of incomplete url
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I actually get it too Johno. I've given up removing the URL's. I mark them as fixed and a few days later WMT will report them as "soft 404's" again. I'm hoping they will eventually be dropped from the SERP's. In Will's case it seems like a non existent directory though... weird?
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KanThaiDecor

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Sometimes I see they are images I have removed.... Each image creates a url also. Which used to be great until Google ruined image search.
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Thanks so much for your input on this thread Boomer and KanThaiDecor!
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Thanks for the replies. Google now has it at 2,615 errors. I cant enter each URL and ask them not to crawl it, it would take the rest of my life to input all that. I'm going to delete them I think. Is this the best course of action?

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OK. I went to webmaster tools. Put in a request to remove the URL of

http://www.a-class-driving.com/bristo...

It then told me it would be pending. I then marked all the 2600 plus errors as fixed. Is this right?
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Yep, that's the way I've done it in the past. Aside from that there isn't much you can do unfortunately besides wait it out.
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I just had another email from Google, I'm now at 1,999 errors. So it I managed to see a small drop in errors, but not totally. What is the quickest way to delete your blog posts? Doing it one at a time in blog manager?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Ongoing 404 error issue needing further help.


The other week I found over 2600 404 errors using webmaster tools. Since then I have deleted all the relevant pages from my Yola site. Have removed the URLs on WMT. Have resubmitted my sitemap with the new updates and still the errors are there and Google is able to find these pages.

Since then, each day, Google discovers more and more errors on my site and I'm back to 68 now. This number increases daily.

Can anyone offer further help? I can't get my head around how Google can see these pages when they do not exist.

The page used to be a blog page on Yola. An example page is - http://www.a-class-driving.com/a-clas...

Please help. Thanks in advance
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Over 1000 404 errors still.


I wrote in the other day about having a ridiculous number of 404 errors found by google. I've tried what I believe to be everything but I'm still seeing these errors. I really need help.

I've tried deleting 4 years worth of blog posts manually using blog manager on Yola. That took about a week. I've tried blocking the URL on google, seems to make no difference what so ever. Could someone suggest an alternative?

Here's a screen shot of what google is telling me.



The only issue I can see from the sitemap is coming from this RSS feed, which no longer exists.



I've submitted this URL for deletion, is this the right move? How would I go about getting rid of this RSS error from my sitemap?

Fingers crossed someone can help.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
How to completely delete all traces of a certain page?.


A few weeks ago my blog page suddenly created over 2600 404 crawl errors. I've tried looking for help and asking on here for advice, but no one has answered.

I've subsequently deleted the blog I had running for around 4 years, blogging twice a day. A lot of worked binned. I've told Google to remove the URLs in WMT. I can see they have been deleted, but the errors are still present.

So, the pages no longer exist, they're supposed to be deleted in Google. Why is it that Google is still able to find these pages? How on earth can I go about getting this sorted? I've seen a big drop in performance since this issue arose in SERPs and Google dropped all my structured data around the same time.

Please help.

Screen shot of the removed pages


Screen shot of the errors that keep popping up. I have tried selecting them all, saying that they have been corrected, but they still come back.

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Hi Will,

I merged all your related topics here as indicated in my previous reply. We do hope you'll continue to update us and that it is resolved soon.
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I'm still none the wiser on how it's possible that Google can see these pages or links seeing as all evidence of them has been deleted. I've used a tool which allows me to see what URL links there are on my website and there are none to any of the old blog pages.

Does anyone at Yola have any idea how I can go about trying to fix this?

I've submitted deletion requests for the main blog pages in Google. Which have been accepted. I've deleted the Yola blog completely from my Yola website, which I'd been writing on twice a day for about 4 years. I've resubmitted my sitemap to Google, but still these pages are still coming up. In webmaster tools under HTML improvements, I've 364 duplicate meta descriptions because of this blog page. That I can't get rid of.
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Hi Will,

I am discussing this matter with a Specialist and will provide you with feedback when possible. I would like to ask that you provide your Google Webmaster login details to me via email to support@yola.com (subject: Lyall), so we can more thoroughly investigate this too.
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Thanks Lyall. I've emailed you my details, thanks so much.
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Just updating as requested. Today has seen a jump from 141 errors to 467. I've used several link tools, including Xenu, which shows no sign of any of the 404s that Google is pinging back to me in Webmaster Tools. How can this be?
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Hi Will,

I am glad I reached you. I hope this matter gets resolved soon and wish you the best!
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Hi again

Could I try blocking the main old blog pages with robots.txt?