I have a custom
404.html file on my website that gets served with a 404 status code when a URL is not found, standard stuff. But if you visit the exact path
/404.html on the server, the server says "hey, there's actually a file there" and shows you the 404 page but without the 404 status code.
I wanted to make sure that the
/404.html path doesn't get accidentally indexed in search, so I added a
<meta name="robots" content="noindex"> tag to it.
Of course, that means that my nonexistant URLs also have the
meta noindex tag as part of the 404 page. Is there any way that the presence of this
meta noindex tag could cause an issue for search engines / crawlers, or is this setup totally fine?