01 Mar '17, 12am

Google: How to Properly Close a Site For a Day by @MattGSouthern

Google: How to Properly Close a Site For a Day by @MattGSouthern

Google’s John Mueller penned an article in the Webmaster Central blog with advice on how to properly close down a site for a day. These tips outline the correct way to temporarily shut down a site without affecting its search presence. Block Shopping Cart Functionality If an e-commerce site simply needs to prevent people from making purchases, then Mueller’s recommendation is to just disable shopping cart functionality. In addition to communicating the shut down to customers, it’s also recommended to block the shopping cart page from being crawled through the robots.txt file, or blocked from indexing with a robots meta tag. Use an Interstitial or Pop-Up If it’s necessary to block the entire site from visitors, Mueller recommends using an interstitial or pop-up to communicate the site is temporarily unavailable. In addition, the server should return a 503 HTTP result code (...

Full article: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/google-properly-close...

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