Imagine a site that contains 100's of 'homepages' for merchants. (e.g.
Some of these pages may exist for long periods, build up a nice SEO presence, and then be temporarily disabled for some time (e.g. a few weeks).
How bad for SEO is it for bots to see these pages return 404 for a while? Should I show bots a 302 instead?
Note that the user will be directed to the home page with an AngularJS app (not a 'real' 302). By default the bot will see a 404 so I am wondering if we need to cater for bots specifically.