Google 404 Error Increase!

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So, I get a report from Google of an increase in 404 errors... so I look at them, then look at the source. It's from a website on translation, that has links to my website of like 7 years ago. It must have just been found and crawled by Google. But I obviously can't "fix" them... I'm not the problem, they are. And I don't want to redirect them, because they aren't people looking for my services. Any idea if I can do something about it?

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You need to create a .htaccess file on your website containing....

ErrorDocument 403 https://www.yourwebsite.co.uk/error-page.php
ErrorDocument 404 https://www.yourwebsite.co.uk/error-page.php

Whenever there's a 403 or 404 error they'll get redirected to the named page. error-page.php on my site displays a message "oops, sorry, we couldn't find the page you were looking for" and then after 10 seconds redirects to my home page, but there's no reason why it shouldn't redirect straight to your home page. 

For a demo click here

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I have that. The problem is... some website has linked examples of usage of language to our old website. All of a sudden, Google discovered it and crawled it. But instead of reporting to them that they have bad links, it's reporting to me that I have an increase in 404s. I handle my 404s already. But these pages don't exist and haven't in maybe 6 to 7 years.

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Contact the site with the errors?

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It appears it is mostly automated.

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Can you do a search that brings up the bad pages on their site and report it to Google?

I mean it's their links that are wrong, on their site, not your links on your site.

I don't get that report but there are probably a few link errors out there for all of us considering the number of abandoned sites that exist.

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