I've a problem with Search Console. For some months now the "Coverage" report has been detecting many "5xx" errors caused by URLs that don't exist and have never existed on my site.

What can it depend on?

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    Have you inspected the URLs to see where Google found them? Jun 21 at 18:47
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    Have you looked at your server's error_log to determine why they have 500 errors rather than "404 Not Found"? Jun 21 at 18:48
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    Have you checked if your site has been hacked? Hackers often create lots of bogus URLs on your site. Jun 21 at 18:49
  • Hi,from a more detailed verification, it seems that the errors are generated by requests from Google bot that moreover "invents" these URLs. Is there any way to avoid this problem? What does the strange behavior of the bot depend on? Thanks Giusy P. 10 hours ago
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    It is very unlikely that Googlebot is inventing URLs. Googlebot always picks up URLs from somewhere else. Its either going to be bad links on your own site, external links, JavaScript code that looks like links to Googlebot, or form values. Have you use the inspect URL tool in search console to see what Google says about where it found the URLs? 10 hours ago

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It looks like you have two issues:

First, those inexistent URL's are being indexed in the first place, that probably menas that you have reference to them somewhere in your HTML. You can use an SEO tool like ScreamingFrog to spot these broken links.

The Index Coverage report shows the Google indexing status of all URLs that Google knows about in your property. source

Second, Your website is not handling correctly the 404 pages; Make sure that any inexistent URL is responding with a 404 status code so Google effectively know this pages no longer exist.

What you need to do?

  1. Make sure those pages are responding with a 404 status code.
  2. Run an SEO audit tool on your site to find and remove broken links.

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