URL ?page=2 issue

(Mariano Rodriguez) #1

I’ve a lot of not found errors in Google’s Search Console. Some of my topics are pointing to a ?page=2 and when you click such link it throws a 404 error.


I’ve been trying to make a regex, elimininate any ?... endeing but the substitution doesn’t seem to work.


(Robert McIntosh) #2

I’m not sure I understand - where does the original ?page=2 come from?

Discourse doesn’t have pagination on topics, you have a format of /topic_iD/post_ID

do you have an example?

(Mariano Rodriguez) #3

Yes I know, that’s the weird part, that looks like it have the pagination.

Some of the pages with errors in Google Search Console

In this image, you can see it says that the /4472 is supposedly linking to /4472?page=2

(Kris) #4

?page=2 is only visible in our crawler view when Javascript is disabled… I wonder if Google’s trying to crawl those pages with Javascript enabled and running into the issue?

(Rafael dos Santos Silva) #5

This topics have deleted or moved posts?

(Mariano Rodriguez) #6

I wouldn’t know for sure, there are a lot of post with that error.

What might be happening is that the forum was transferred from phpBB

(Jeff Atwood) #7

You will need to disable JavaScript and change your user-agent to the google crawler user agent to see Discourse as the google crawler does.


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