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For worldwide compatibility, the answer is no. The reason is because not everyone can read messages very quickly, and depending on the contents of your error page, it might take someone with poor eyesight at least a few good minutes to read everything on it. Also, there's a chance that the person using the site has a poor understanding of the language the ...


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If you do it after something like 10 seconds or more, it should be fine. It would imply that the user was not already there and just get confused but actually (as many do) opened the search result in a new tab and took them in turn until they got to yours. So a 404 page will get them to close it right away, while a redirect may give them something more ...


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It isn't necessarily bad for SEO. You want to be careful of "sneaky redirects" (see https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/2721217?hl=en), but this type of behavior should probably fall in acceptable territory. Honestly, from an SEO perspective, you'd be better off redirecting the broken URL to a legit page on your site via a 301 server side redirect. ...


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Well, 404 should be used when the resource do not exist, is not that you're not authorized, it is not there at all. 403 should be for forbidden resources, regardless you're authenticated, you might not have permission over a given resource. I rather 401 for resources that are found but requires some sort of authentication to get it. IMO


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Personally I think this is justified. By returning a 403 instead, Github would be confirming that a repository with that name exists, which in itself could be seen as a security hole (or at least undesirable). As a contrived example, imagine that these repositories existed: http://github.com/valve/HalfLife http://github.com/valve/HalfLife2 If one day ...


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We get these questions a lot!! Make sure you have not created these links by accident by doing an audit. You can use ScreamingFrog or SEO Powersuite for this. You can use both in trial mode. ScreamingFrog will report on 500 pages in trial mode and SEO Powersuite will spider all pages and report on 1/3rd. You can opt to purchase a license too. Both are ...


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Usually it is supposed to block GoogleBot if you don't want it to crawl. You can simply do it by editing your robots.txt and blocking access to the pdf folder. For example: User-agent: * Disallow: listings/index/getpdf/* If you want Google to access and index it, you should let him see your files without redirecting it or asking for download. You can do ...


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Broken internal links are "worth fixing" according to Google's John Mueller. He works on Webmaster Tools and Sitemaps and he has the following to say about 404 errors that appear in Webmaster tools: HELP! MY SITE HAS 939 CRAWL ERRORS!!1 I see this kind of question several times a week; you’re not alone - many websites have crawl errors. ...


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Google has some proof at this URL: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/35769#technical_guidelines It states: Every page should be reachable from at least one static text link. And because tons of people use google, not following their guidelines is a good way to lose search engine ranking. On top of that, google prefers webmasters to make ...



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