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Googlebot requested a document that does not exist

 

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Question:

I looked through my web server's log files and found a 404 request made by googlebot - for a document that I never had nor ever linked to. How did googlebot come up with that URL?

Answer:

Did you submit a Google sitemap? In this case Google's googlebot will ask your server for a filename that it's fairly sure to not exist, in order to verify that calls for invalid filenames do - as they should - result in a "404" response.


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