21 Nov '14, 1pm

Google: Sites Lose Loads Of Pages Over Misuse Of 403 Status Codes

Google: Sites Lose Loads Of Pages Over Misuse Of 403 Status Codes

Gary Illyes from Google posted on Google+ that he sees many large sites lose a ton of their pages in the Google index for misusing 403 status codes when they should be using 503s. He said: We've seen huge sites lose load of their pages from our index because they were serving them with a 403 status code instead of a 503. A 403 status code will pretty quickly remove your content from Google's index. A 403 stands for a forbidden code: The server understood the request, but is refusing to fulfill it. Authorization will not help and the request SHOULD NOT be repeated. If the request method was not HEAD and the server wishes to make public why the request has not been fulfilled, it SHOULD describe the reason for the refusal in the entity. If the server does not wish to make this information available to the client, the status code 404 (Not Found) can be used instead. While a 50...

Full article: https://www.seroundtable.com/google-403-vs-503-19476.html

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