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Harold
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Subject: Error pages
I've set up a simple error page with links to key areas of my site, which is set to be served up whenever there is a page not found error.

I'm surprised by the number of times it's been served and I'm wondering if there is anything I need to do to prevent it being indexed by a search engine--code in the head, or something like that?
June 24, 2008 06:38PM
GegaBit
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Subject: Re: Error pages
no worries, search engines know already not to index 404.shtml 403, 401, 500 ..
June 24, 2008 06:51PM
wrench
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Subject: Re: Error pages
IMHO, If you do not want it indexed, block it via robots.txt, or via a noindex in the doc. Leave nothing to chance, if you do not want them to index something, tell them.

Wrench

Edited to add, I personally do not block my 404 custom pages, I do not link to them, but I figure, if a search engine finds it by chance (and they do), and happen use whatever content I put on it, and to place some sort of importance on it, and drives a bit of traffic to it, so be it.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/24/2008 08:22PM by wrench.
June 24, 2008 08:12PM
Harold
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Subject: Re: Error pages
Sounds like I should leave it alone, then.

Thanks!
June 24, 2008 08:32PM

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