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Jewish High Holy Days Approaching: Google Shares Tips On How To Temporarily Close Your Site - Search Engine Roundtable

Last updated Tuesday, September 20, 2022 07:11 ET , Source: NewsService

Next week the High Holy Days begin for the Jewish people and some of us will be offline (I will be offline) and some more righteous folks actually disable functionally, like checkout processes, on their sites on the holidays and even on Shabbat (Saturday).

With these days approaching, John Mueller of Google reshared some tips on how to temporarily close your site on specific days.

As a reminder, we've talked a lot about sites that close down once a week or more for religious purposes, specifically closing on Shabbat. We were concerned about how GoogleBot handles it, will rankings drop and what about sites that show interstitials as a message to their customers about being closed, will they be hit by the penalty? Google more recently shared site closing tips and and added documentation on pausing a site with having the least harm to your SEO.

Now, John shared a Twitter thread summarizing a lot of this older advice:

(just kidding on the "5 things", I didn't plan this tweet thread ahead of time, we'll see how long it gets. Yes, a rogue tweet-thread.) More in the next tweet, but here's a link if you hate threads: https://t.co/3fK9KknRBK

— 〈link href=//johnmu.com rel=canonical 〉 (@JohnMu) September 19, 2022

A 503 tells "robots" that the page currently isn't available. They'll check back again. *However,* it's a temporary status (more in a bit).

— 〈link href=//johnmu.com rel=canonical 〉 (@JohnMu) September 19, 2022

Why should the robots.txt be 404 or 200? If it's served with...

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