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sbell22

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Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:33 am

In website auditor, i have a site with six strange url's listed as having 404 errors. I have change the site's url to "xyz.com", but they look like this:

Resource HTTP Status Code Content type Internal/External Found on pages

"http://compose.mail.yahoo.com/?to=lpinkerabc@xyz.com&subject=Application+via+""Beverage+Cart+Attendant""+listing+on+https://www.xyz.com" 404 Not found text/html External 1

Any idea how these are getting picked up as 404's, if it means anything, and how can i get them out of the scan or fix them?

tia

LinkAssistant

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Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 1:07 pm

The software collects URLs directly from the pages of your website, so, most probably there are some pages that contain such type of URLs on your website. You may find which pages contain this sort of URLs if you select the Found on Pages column and click the button to unfold the list of all pages that have this link:

http://prntscr.com/fhta5m

sbell22

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Posted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 6:59 am

Thank you that is most helpful. What I found is that they are email addresses that appear on the page as native text within hyperlinks. What surprises me is that Website Auditor classifies them as "404 errors" and "broken links". The email addresses are associated with hyperlink <a> tags.

I have instructed the client to get rid of native text email addresses on the pages, for security reasons. However I am still curious, why would Website Auditor see on-page email addresses as 404's and broken links?

Thanks.

gamblee

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Posted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 12:22 pm

First host that particular url and then try to change the url for which your are getting 404 error. Or maybe it is the issue of your web hosting server. Tell them maybe it get rectified asap.

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LinkAssistant

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Posted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 6:36 am

sbell22 wrote:
hank you that is most helpful. What I found is that they are email addresses that appear on the page as native text within hyperlinks. What surprises me is that Website Auditor classifies them as "404 errors" and "broken links". The email addresses are associated with hyperlink <a> tags.


May you please specify how exactly the e-mail address was used on your page? Did you use the following pattern:

<a href="mailto:webmaster@example.com">Jon Doe</a>

?

sbell22

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Posted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:45 am

Thanks gamblee, and LinkAssistant.

The format of the mail links which Website Auditor sees as 404 errors are like this. I have changed the url to abc, just so it doesn't get indexed here:

http://compose.mail.yahoo.com/?to=lpton ... pplication

I would also attach a screenshot, but i don't yet see how to attach one here, unless it's a hosted image:)

These email links are also being listed as "Broken Links" elsewhere in the website auditor report.

tia!

David Sorauer

Tenderfoot

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Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:24 am

It looks like there's a bug in your Website auditor tool.

It's changing "%" to "+" in the URLs and then reporting them as 404s :(

eg:

.mysite.com/10%reasons%to%keep%an%eye%on%Fiji%%%Services.aspx

changes to:

mysite.com/10+reasons+to+kee ... vices.aspx

I know % aren't great (they are generated by an archaic CMS), but screaming frog can handle them and these pages are successfully indexed in Google, so they can't be so bad.

Please fix. It's embarrassing when i send a SEO audit report to clients with incorrect 404 errors...

Thanks,
David.

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