[Techtalk] redirect php 404 errors

Maria McKinley maria at shadlen.org
Wed Oct 24 22:19:57 UTC 2007

Thanks, that was very interesting. Apparently quite a few sites were 
directing people to my scp instructions. It seems simple to get rid of 
pages, but is there a simple way to redirect to the new pages? Either 
through google, or on my own site?


MK Hayes wrote:
> Hi Maria,
> Search engines use a caching system, so when someone clicks on a link
> from Google say, the first page they see may be Google's cached page and
> not the one currently on your server. Then they click the links, . . . .
> 404. The problems should go away the next time your site gets indexed by
> the major search engines. But this:
> http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/topic.py?topic=8456
> gives you more info on removing pages from Google. 
> MK
> On Tue, 2007-10-23 at 17:40 -0700, Maria McKinley wrote:
>>I have set up my web site, so that if someone clicks on a link, and the 
>>link is bad, I am sent an email. This has worked very well, and I have 
>>found out about a lot of bad links, but recently my inbox is 
>>occasionally flooded with weird messages of links that are bad. The 
>>email states that the originating page, where the bad links supposedly 
>>is, is a page that I took down a long time ago, and if I put the url in 
>>a browser, I get a 404 message. So, how can this be directing them to a 
>>bad link? It always seems to be one particular page or group of pages, 
>>but there are tons of pages I have removed recently, so I am wondering 
>>if there is something special about these pages. Anybody have any idea 
>>what may be going on? The fact that I am being flooded does lead me to 
>>believe it is being caused by bots searching my site, but I don't get 
>>why they think these pages still exist, and can link to other pages.
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