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[FIX] Links Couldn’t Be Crawled (Incorrect URL Formats)

How to Fix Links with Incorrect URL Formats

How to Fix Links with Incorrect URL Formats There are two issues that are related to incorrect URLs. We’re going to cover them both because they’re very closely related.

First is the issue pages couldn’t be crawled because of an incorrect URL for it. This is especially rare because WordPress doesn’t actually allow this.

If you were to go to any page on your WordPress or create a new page and you try to adjust the permalink settings such as putting anything in here that is not allowed, and then try to save it, WordPress is automatically going to revert back to take out any, characters that are not allowed.

They’re also going to make sure that this is a properly formatted URL. Now the other issue is links that can’t be crawled because of incorrect URL formats.

So this is the same issue, but a little bit different. This just means that you’re linking to a page, and your link doesn’t have the correct URL format in it.

It’s usually just because of a typo in your link. You either put it in a space or some sort of character that’s not allowed. In this case, I’m going to take out the hyphen here from this URL, insert a space, and then try to save that.

Now, if you do this, you can see right away that WordPress is going to give you a warning.

You can create it and WordPress will allow that, but it will flash something like this that you will probably notice before you click update.

Now if you’re working with an existing site, you may find that sometimes a link has something in it (either a space or some sort of character that’s not allowed) in which case you need to find that link using SEMrush. Go to the page in question then find the link.

And often it’s a space or some other character. You just go to take out space or take out the typo and update it like that.

Click Save. If it’s a space in a URL, replace all the spaces with hyphens, click to save, and then update the page.

Now, the only other possibility here is you may have a page on your site that is not WordPress and for some reason, that could have a typo in the URL and it’s not being read, in which case you need to grab an FTP program to find access to those files unless you’re using some other CRM that’s managing your files.

And you’ll see files like 404.html, HTML, index.HTML, etc. Again, you can name a file anything you want with just an FTP program then go ahead and click save.

It will save and it will not give you any sort of warning. So it is more possible to find a typo in a URL that’s just an HTML file and it’s going to be extremely unlikely with WordPress.


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