Mystery ASP pages appearing in Google

  • Deb from UK
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Hi - great site & forum so hoping you may be able to help -

This problem only crops up on Google (other se's not affected) so hope this is the right place to ask....

Notice our website has several pages listed in Google SE with the extension .htm.asp & gradually all the 'normal' htm pages are being replaced

Our website only has htm/html web pages & all the pages uploaded to our (hosted) server end ONLY in htm, could someone explain what might be going on ??

Asked our webhost & they said the problem is with Google....

I posted Google help & e-mailed their webmaster link, but not getting very far -

They just wrote back for us to take down the offending web pages but as they don't exist on our server in the first place, its a bit difficult....

Believe this could be affecting our traffic so any help would be much
appreciated. Could it be a competitor/sabotage ?

website affected is wwwshoweraildotcom

You all seem very knowlegable so any help would be much appreciated (she said , grovelling !)
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hi,

have you been saving yr files in aspby accident? sounds like you have used filename like index.htm but saving as .asp format.. get what i mean?

"index.htm" = filename N Save As .asp format
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madmonk wrote:
hi,

have you been saving yr files in aspby accident? sounds like you have used filename like index.htm but saving as .asp format.. get what i mean?

"index.htm" = filename N Save As .asp format


but wouldn't doing this mean the files wouldn't work on their server?

For Google to have picked it up there has to be links to these pages. Note that all the asp pages have no titles / descriptions, etc in googles database.

That means the last time Google came around it couldn't find these pages. Im guessing google just visited during the set up of your site and came accross these links......
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Hi
Nope didn't upload anything by mistake (files would still have been on the server so think I would have noticed....)

Also - have been with the same host - oneandone for a fair while (over 18 months) & never had any problems with Google before - had all our htm pages spidered with good traffic.....

Maybe the host did some kind of update & doesn't want to admit a c**ck up ??

Traffic is definately down but could be I'm adding 2 & 2 & making 5......

Possible the problem doesn't show with other s engines, because they don't crawl as well as google....

Oh well, it was worth a try - thanks v much for your comments.
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Yeah that is weird. I did a inurl:www.showerail.com in google and after the 4th page of results you start seeing these crazy entries like:

http://www.showerail.com/site_map.htm.asp

If you didn't upload them, I think your hosting platform did something. It does have a custom 404 not found page and has a link to the correct page however so I wouldn't worry too much. Eventually Google will figure out the correct one.

I would recommend creating a robots.txt file and blocking all those strange pages to speed up the process or doing a 301 redirect to the correct one.
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but wouldn't doing this mean the files wouldn't work on their server?


donno. didnt try saving as that before. Somethings is missing here. it doesnt make sense. :(

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