Check server headers tool: HTTP status codes checker

If your website returns the wrong HTTP status code, chances are that search engines cannot index your web pages. For that reason, it is important to check the response code that your web server sends to search engine spiders.

Enter the URL of a web page and click the "Check HTTP status code" button to check the response code of your web server.

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HTTP status codes and SEO

Your web server should return a "200 OK" code. All other codes mean that search engines could have difficulty to index your website.

If you get the HTTP status code "302" then the URL that you entered is only a redirect to another URL. A 302 redirect is a temporary redirect to another URL. Search engines don't like these redirects because they have been abused by spammers in the past.

If you must redirect your web pages, better use a 301 redirect. A 301 redirect is a permanent redirect that tells search engine spiders that the requested page can now be found under a new URL.

Tip: Find out how search engines see your website

Search engines see your web pages with different eyes than web surfers.

A web page that looks great to the human eye can be totally meaningless to search engines. For example, search engines cannot read the text on the images of your web site, and many don't understand web languages such as JavaScript or CSS.

If you have a great looking web site that is meaningless to search engines, you won't be able to achieve high search engine rankings with that web site - no matter how good and interesting your web site content is.

If you want to find out how search engines see your web site, you have to use a search engine spider simulator tool. The search engine spider simulator tool emulates the software programs search engines use to index your web site. It shows you what elements of your web site are visible to search engines.

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