I can see in live traffic of my wordpress website that goggle bot crawl non existing pages.



I can’t find out where google bot has discover this links but are thousand and almost the only links that google Crawl.

I have add noindex, noffolw for these urls but bot steel Crawl them. How I can stop this? Why google Crawl only these urls? I thing that the High CPU amount can caused by this.

One more question. Recently I have add caching to my website. Shouldn’t google Crawl the cached pages for better speed? When I use the “fetch as google” I can see that Crawl no cached pages.

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    If they are truly non-existent they should just return 404 status. That shouldn't cause enough load on your server to cause problems. Commented May 19, 2017 at 10:41
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    It also sounds like you don't have search disallowed in robots.txt. You should or Google will penalize your site. Commented May 19, 2017 at 10:42
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    Google Search Console crawl error report should tell you where Googlebot finds error URLs it crawls. Have you looked there? Commented May 19, 2017 at 10:43
  • It also looks like you might have a problem with your URL structure, or incorrect use of relative URLs? (The repeating nature of password-reset in those URLs.) %252F is a doubly URL-encoded slash.
    – MrWhite
    Commented May 19, 2017 at 15:25

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Googlebot crawls any URL that it finds:

  • Links on your own and third party websites
  • Text on the page that looks like a URL
  • JavaScript strings that look like they might be URLs

Check your own site to see if there are links to these pages. If not, it is probably some other site. Google may be able to tell you which site in Google Search Console in the crawl error report.

One thing that you can do about it is to use robots.txt to disallow crawling of whole directories. Based on your examples, /search would be a great candidate for disallow:

Disallow: /search

It is also possible that it isn't actually Googlebot doing the crawling. It may be a bot spoofing Googlebot to try to find vulnerabilities on your website. You can verify whether or not it is actually Googlebot by checking the IP address using the procedure here: How to identify if IP address is really google's IP

If it isn't actually Googlebot, you can block the IP addresses used in .htaccess: How to block entire IPs of a VPN server by IP

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