Friday, August 15, 2008
How do you treat the response code
Just like a
Do you index content or follow links from a page with a
404 response code?
We aim to understand as much as possible about your site and its content. So while we wouldn't
want to show a hard
404 to users in search results, we may utilize a
error page's content or links if it's detected as a signal to help us better understand your site.
Keep in mind that if you want links crawled or content indexed, it's far more beneficial to
include them in a page that's not
404 errors with a 10-second
Yahoo! currently utilizes this method on their
404 errors. They
respond with a
404 content also shows:
<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="10;url=https://www.yahoo.com/?xxx" />. We feel
this technique is fine because it reduces confusion by giving users 10 seconds to make a new
selection, only offering the homepage after 10 seconds without the user's input.
301 redirect misspelled
404 errors to the correct URL?
404 errors is a good idea when it's helpful
to users (that is, not confusing like
soft 404 errors). For instance, if you notice
of Webmaster Tools shows a
404 for a misspelled version of your URL, you can
301 the misspelled version of the URL to the correct version.
For example, if we saw this
404 in Crawl Errors:
https://www.google.com/webmsters <-- typo for "webmasters"
we may first correct the typo if it exists on our own site, then
301 the URL to the
correct version (as the broken link may occur elsewhere on the web):
Have you seen any good
Yes, we have! (Confession: no one asked us this question, but few things are as fun to discuss as
response codes. :) We've put together a list of some of our favorite
404 pages. If you have more
404 related questions, let us know, and
thanks for joining us for
https://icanhascheezburger.com/iz-404-page: "I can has useful links and even e-mail address for questions! But they could have added 'OH NOES! IZ MISSING PAGE! MAYBE TIPO OR BROKN LINKZ?' so folks'd know what's up."
- Adam, lindy hop geek