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Nov272008

Googlebot: HTTP status codes and If-Modified-Since – Part 2

Google Webmaster Central blog responded to users queries: “Our date with Googlebot was so wonderful, but it’s hard to tell if we, the websites, said the right thing. We returned 301 permanent redirect, but should we have responded with 302 temporary redirect (so he knows we’re playing hard to get)? If we sent a few new 404s, will he ever call our site again? Should we support the header “If-Modified-Since?” These questions can be confusing, just like young love. So without further ado, let’s ask the expert, Googlebot, and find out how he judged our response (code).”

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