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Last updated by Raja Mohammed 9 months, 2 weeks ago.

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October 6, 2020 at 7:22 am #7170197


We have three websites installed WPML. One of them requires translation for multi-language pages. This website is for European visitors, so it has not only EN but also FR, DE, ES, RU.

However, we are reported by the search console that there are many 404 pages in the other two sites. They both need only one language to serve. One is English for APAC, the other is Chinese for TW users.

We've been noticed to remove the pages like pages below, which we did not even create them because FR is not necessary for APAC, and so as RU for TW users.
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We need to know where are these pages come from, and how can we deal with it.
We don't want to search engine to crawl the page that are not really exist.

October 8, 2020 at 10:19 am #7188413

Raja Mohammed

Languages: English (English )

Timezone: Asia/Kolkata (GMT+05:30)

I tried to access both the links however they are being redirected to relevant home pages which indicates that the page doesn't exists and should not be available in the back end.

However we are not sure how they are indexed by Google may be it existed before it was removed, There are two things that we can recommend

1) Search for the Pages or Post in the backend. Goto Pages / Post > All Post, Click on All langauge and search of the page or post if you see you can definitely remove it.

Also check the Trash if the page or post exists before and it was remove more likely it might be in the trash

2) There is another case where the pages might be an incomplete translations for eg: If the page in the default language has been updated and the translation is not completed yet, then its more likely the pages link exists but they remain inaccessible. In such case you might have to find the default langauge of the links and either update the translation or remove it completed as mentioned in point 1

If there is any changes in the site it is highly recommended to re-index the site with Google. And verify the latest results

Kind regards

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