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Resolving issues listed in the Errors tab

Another question from our mailbag:

Q: Under the Errors tab, I see a URL listed with a 404 error. That page doesn't exist on my site and I don't link to it. Why does this show up?

A: The Errors tab lists both errors we encountered following links in your Sitemap and errors we had following links during our regular discovery crawl. If we tried to follow the link from the Sitemap, the URL lists "Sitemap" beside it. If it doesn't list "Sitemap", then we tried to follow that link from a web page (either on your site or another site). You might double-check your site and make sure that none of the internal links are pointing to that URL. If they aren't, then this URL is probably linked from an external page.

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