My 404 Monitor shows double (combined) links

  • My 404 Monitor shows double (combined) links creating 404s – several times a minute – and I don’t know why. I now have LOTS of them.
    For example: “frequent-waking-and-fear-of-strangers-baby-taylors-story/huge-20-off-storewide-sale”
    The first links are still active and different for each 404 but the second link is always the same even though it has been in draft mode for a couple of weeks.
    Does anyone know why this is happening?
    I can send a screen capture if needed.
    Many thanks for help.

    • This topic was modified 1 month, 2 weeks ago by Ben.
    • This topic was modified 1 month, 2 weeks ago by Ben.
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  • Hi Ben,

    Thanks a lot for your query and we are so sorry about the trouble this must have caused.

    We need to see a screenshot to fully understand the issue. Can you please share that?

    We look forward to helping you.

    Hello,

    I have updated the sensitive data as requested. Can you please check further?

    Thank you.

    Hello,

    Thank you for contacting Rank Math today.

    Could you please check whether this could be as a result of a conflict with one of your installed plugins by performing these steps:
    https://rankmath.com/kb/check-plugin-conflicts/

    Looking forward to helping you. Thank you.

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    Hi Michael, thanks for the reply.

    The Health Check Plugin won’t work in this case: it disables plugins for administrators only, while the 404s are being caused by outside visits.

    I have enabled Advanced logging and it seems all of the 404s are from bots, such as Googlebot, SEMrushbot, Bingbot, and so on. They’re not from human visitors.

    Is this OK? Is it normal to receive a 404 error every few minutes from a bot?

    Regards
    – Ben

    Hello,

    Thank you for contacting Rank Math today.

    No this may be a red flag, could you please check if these bots have been blocked from your robots.txt file?

    Looking forward to helping you. Thank you.

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    Hi Michael,

    No, as I assume these are search bots and I don’t want to stop Google/Bing from crawling my website.

    I don’t see any reason why this would be a Rankmath-caused problem, so I’ll keep investigating other causes. Thanks for the help.

    Regards,
    – Ben

    Hi Ben,

    Thanks for the follow up.

    I am glad that you are on the right track to uncovering the cause of this problem.

    We are always here to help should you seek any additional help 🙂

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