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I've been fighting the Google canonical page algorithm bug for quite some time. One advice I received is to set GSC URL Parameters to "Every URL", since we use a page generation script with a "page" parameter (example here), and do not use "Let Googlebot decide". When setting that, if I click on "Show example URLs", GSC shows something like this for recently crawled URLs:

index.pl?page=nhcuofak
index.pl?page=mgiwznbsiwhmbh
index.pl?page=cbmtogqjbgakj
index.pl?page=kzktuwhan
index.pl?page=uxuatqqr
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Also I've attached a screen shot: screen shot For sure none of these pages exist on our web server. As far as I can tell, our GSC account has not been hacked, at least I don't see any evidence of anyone submitting indexing requests other than me. Entering any of these parameters causes our site to return a hard 404. Why would Google be crawling with random page parameter values ? And a corollary question, could this affect Google's canonical page selection ?

I've been fighting the Google canonical page algorithm bug for quite some time. One advice I received is to set GSC URL Parameters to "Every URL", since we use a page generation script with a "page" parameter (example here), and do not use "Let Googlebot decide". When setting that, if I click on "Show example URLs", GSC shows something like this for recently crawled URLs:

index.pl?page=nhcuofak
index.pl?page=mgiwznbsiwhmbh
index.pl?page=cbmtogqjbgakj
index.pl?page=kzktuwhan
index.pl?page=uxuatqqr
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:

Also I've attached a screen shot: screen shot For sure none of these pages exist on our web server. As far as I can tell, our GSC account has not been hacked, at least I don't see any evidence of anyone submitting indexing requests other than me. Entering any of these parameters causes our site to return a hard 404. Why would Google be crawling with random page parameter values ? And a corollary question, could this affect Google's canonical page selection ?

I've been fighting the Google canonical page algorithm bug for quite some time. One advice I received is to set GSC URL Parameters to "Every URL", since we use a page generation script with a "page" parameter, and do not use "Let Googlebot decide". When setting that, if I click on "Show example URLs", GSC shows something like this for recently crawled URLs:

index.pl?page=nhcuofak
index.pl?page=mgiwznbsiwhmbh
index.pl?page=cbmtogqjbgakj
index.pl?page=kzktuwhan
index.pl?page=uxuatqqr
:
:

Also I've attached a screen shot: screen shot For sure none of these pages exist on our web server. As far as I can tell, our GSC account has not been hacked, at least I don't see any evidence of anyone submitting indexing requests other than me. Entering any of these parameters causes our site to return a hard 404. Why would Google be crawling with random page parameter values ? And a corollary question, could this affect Google's canonical page selection ?

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URL Parameters in GSC contains strange values for recently crawled URLs

I've been fighting the Google canonical page algorithm bug for quite some time. One advice I received is to set GSC URL Parameters to "Every URL", since we use a page generation script with a "page" parameter (example here), and do not use "Let Googlebot decide". When setting that, if I click on "Show example URLs", GSC shows something like this for recently crawled URLs:

index.pl?page=nhcuofak
index.pl?page=mgiwznbsiwhmbh
index.pl?page=cbmtogqjbgakj
index.pl?page=kzktuwhan
index.pl?page=uxuatqqr
:
:

Also I've attached a screen shot: screen shot For sure none of these pages exist on our web server. As far as I can tell, our GSC account has not been hacked, at least I don't see any evidence of anyone submitting indexing requests other than me. Entering any of these parameters causes our site to return a hard 404. Why would Google be crawling with random page parameter values ? And a corollary question, could this affect Google's canonical page selection ?