It seems Google Tries to crawl pages I never created and gets a 404 error, but it thinks or maybe somewhere in my code, google thinks there is a second page.

For example, I have this page http://ecsimplified.com/portfolio_category/tops

But not this page that google found a 404 error: //ecsimplified.com/portfolio_category/tops/page/2/

Since I didn't create this page or link to this page, why would it find this error?

1 Answer 1


This was caused by a small bug in my first implementation of the rel="next" and rel="prev" features that Google launched 2 weeks ago in my WordPress SEO plugin. That bug has been fixed, you're up to date and the 404's should go away soon enough, nothing to worry about!

  • Can you be sure I'm up to date? Google dropped me from page 2 to 14 after finding these errors and it's reduced our sales down from being able to pay rent to almost nothing! Oct 2, 2011 at 4:41
  • That's not due to just one 404, seriously. Oct 2, 2011 at 8:04
  • Right, that was just an example. google webmaster tools says it finds multiple crawl error pages that I have no idea where the link is coming from. For example, it says some category page links to page 2 of that category, but I don't see it on the page or source, but I'm not the expert you are. By the way, I'm honored to get a comment from you. ;) Our little site is ecsimplified.com Oct 5, 2011 at 8:01
  • In the Webmaster Tools, the updates as of today are still showing crawl errors (assuming from the Yoast SEO plugin) that show page/2 or page/# from a category. How can I get this looked into - is there a Yoast SEO Reviews page? Oct 8, 2011 at 10:11
  • Any solutions yet? This problem is still here. Using 1.2.7. I also get 404 on pages i never created.
    – user20120
    Sep 6, 2012 at 7:49

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.