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KNOWN ISSUE: 410 & 404 deliberate to remove invalid links with Google

  1. melbel profile image98
    melbelposted 5 years ago

    There has been a steady increase in the number of 410 and 404 errors reported in Webmaster Tools since the end of October.

    I have a ton of crawl errors, but when I open the url, it's not the url of a hub, but like a messed up version of the url.

    Crawl error for:

    Real url:


    This is unrelated to my deletion several of my questions. Those haven't shown up in webmaster tools as of yet.

    1. ThePracticalMommy profile image97
      ThePracticalMommyposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I'm glad you're asking, Melanie, because I have noticed the same thing. Is it a site-wide problem then?

    2. Judi Bee profile image97
      Judi Beeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Same thing's happening to me - have no idea of it's important or not, but it is escalating in the last few weeks.

    3. Matthew Meyer profile image76
      Matthew Meyerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I'm doing some follow-up on our end to see if this is related to something we did or is an issue in Google's end.

      Thanks for taking time to report it.

      1. Marisa Wright profile image99
        Marisa Wrightposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        It did happen once before Matt - can't find the thread now.

    4. Matthew Meyer profile image76
      Matthew Meyerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I found some more info related to the issue you described.

      The URLs of this form were never "real" urls, but were used to track traffic by category for Google Analytics.

      We stopped using URLs in this format and deliberately set them up to return 410 errors so that Google would drop them.

      1. janderson99 profile image48
        janderson99posted 5 years agoin reply to this

        OK, but the number of errors is increasing greatly - I've had more than 200 this month! G is not dropping them. It can't be good for each author's reputation !!!

        1. melbel profile image98
          melbelposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          I'm guessing that maybe Google is taking its time checking those urls for content, so it's just lazily adding 404 and 410 pages as they gradually coming across them (which is why they appear to be increasing.) Just my stab in the dark.

          In the past it's taken quite a while for Google to drop the 410 and 404 notifications from webmaster tools... unfortunately not one of those "in a day's work" type of things in my experience.

  2. LindaSmith1 profile image60
    LindaSmith1posted 5 years ago

    Melbel: I just looked your URL up in Goolge search.  Look at what you show as crawl error.  Think about this: When we do the hubs, and select the category, sub category and maybe even another one. It looks like the dang categories we have to select from are coming up as part of the URL.  HP needs to address these issues to writers, and stop ignoring us.  Stupid part is that writers continue to have issues, yet there are writers who just keep on publishing hubs. I think this is not as much Google as it is with HP.

  3. melbel profile image98
    melbelposted 5 years ago

    My guess is that perhaps HubPages is either:

    -blocking Google from indexing categories

    -changed the site architecture in terms of categories
    with Google formerly indexing hubs as a part of their categories:
    when they actually belong on their very own url:

    A 404 ain't gonna' hurt ya', Google eventually works them out. I just wanted to alert HP of the fact that we're getting a bunch of these status codes in case this is something unintended.

    1. Kris Heeter profile image81
      Kris Heeterposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I've seen these error pages more frequently (in just the last few weeks) too on other sites like yahoo and others.

  4. Marisa Wright profile image99
    Marisa Wrightposted 5 years ago

    This happened once before and was fixed.  Looks like they've changed something and it's happening again.

  5. LauraGSpeaks profile image98
    LauraGSpeaksposted 5 years ago

    Melbel, yes I have the exact same thing going on.  LindaSmith1, I too have numerous crawl errors with URLs that look like categories of my hub.  How do we alert Hubpages to this issue, or Marisa, has it already been brought to their attention?

    1. melbel profile image98
      melbelposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      They'll see this forum thread. tongue

  6. Writer Fox profile image58
    Writer Foxposted 5 years ago

    I started noticing this in September.  Every day, different Hubs showed the errors.  That's when I started moving my content to other sites.  (And no, none of my Hubs were in zZz land.)