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1/21/10
Original Poster
Snytkine

Does google index 404 page?

Does anyone have a definite answer to this: What if my server returnes a custom 404 'Page not found" page  and that custom page has links on it, for example "Page not found, but here are some useful pages on our site.... links to pages"
Does Google even read the content of 404 pages?

What I mean, is that server returns the HTTP response code 404 and sends a page along with it. Does Google read pages that have 404 http code?

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Google user
1/21/10
Google user
So long as the header response status = 404, then G will not crawl it.
(That's because that URL "does not exist/not found")

If instead you do as some people (wrongly) do, and just show a "normal" page with a 404 message - then yes, Google will index it.
1/21/10
Original Poster
Snytkine
That's kind of what I thought, but are you 100% sure about this?
Google user
1/21/10
Google user
No.
I'm making it up as I go along.

For my next trick ... I need a rabbit........ and a chainsaw!
1/21/10
Original Poster
Snytkine
Well, the only reason I said that it because I was looking for some sort of link, if one exists to official google explanation on this or a reply from Google employee.
Google user
1/21/10
Google user
The only times you will see "404" pages in the SERPs is .........
when they do Not return correct 404 responses.
(instead they show as 200's, or do some silly 302/301 to a 200 ... and the page says "404 error" but the response code doesn't)


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