Google recommendations on how to handle day-long site closures for search rankings
John Mueller, a Webmaster Trends Analyst at Google, wrote a blog post explaining how SEOs and webmasters can handle site outages or closures that last for a day or longer. This is when a webmaster intentionally takes down their site for maintenance, site moves, religious reasons or other reasons.
John offers three options:
(1) Block the cart functionality from Google and your users.
Each option can be handled differently but the easiest option to me seems to be blocking the cart functionality if you don’t want people to buy from your site. This is common for religious practices where they are offline for the Shabbath once a week. They do not want customers to transact with their web site and earn money on the Shabbath.
But some webmasters want to take the whole site offline and offer a warning, such as an interstitial or pop-up with an explanation on why the site is not accessible. Google told those who were worried about this that interstitials for religious purposes are within their acceptable use guidelines. These sites won’t or shouldn’t be hit by the Google interstitials penalty in this case.
When doing this, John Mueller said “the server should return a 503 HTTP result code (“Service Unavailable”).” “The 503 result code makes sure that Google doesn’t index the temporary content that’s shown to users. Without the 503 result code, the interstitial would be indexed as your website’s content,” he added.
Same with turning off the site, but also add these tips to your to do list:
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February 27, 2017 at 11:50PM