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Serving Two HTTP Result Codes? Google Will Pick First One.

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Serving Two HTTP Result Codes? Google Will Pick First One.

Google’s John Mueller was asked at the 1:20 mark in Friday’s Google hangout about serving two or more HTTP result status codes. If you serve two more more, which does Google Search decide to use? The answer is generally the first, the first HTTP result code would be used.

The question was “It is theoretically possible to have two different HTTP result codes on a page but what will Google do with those two codes? Will Google even see them? For example, a 503 plus a 302.”

John said “So I wasn’t aware of this, but of course with the HTTP result codes, you can include a lot of different things. Google will look at the first HTTP result code and essentially process that.”

Then John digs into if there is a redirect chain with the target page has one HTTP result code, like a 301 redirect, and then the destination URL has a different HTTP result code, like a 404. Generally, Google will use the destination of the chain for the HTTP result code. So Google will follow the 301 and then find the 404 and use the 404.

John said “You can theoretically still have two HTTP result codes or more there if they are redirects leading to some page. So for example, you can have a redirect from one page to another page, that is one result code. And then on that page, you can serve a different HTTP result code. So that can be a 301 redirect to a 404 page, is kind of an example that happens every now and then. From our point of view, in those kind chain situations where we can follow the redirect to get a final result, we will essentially just focus on the final result code. And if that final result has content, then that is something we might be able to use for canonicalization. If that final result has an error page, then it is an error page, that is fine for us too.”

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New Google Rich Results Guidelines Prevent Prohibited, Regulated Or Harmful Products

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New Google Rich Results Guidelines Prevent Prohibited, Regulated Or Harmful Products

Google Search has added new content guidelines to the rich results help document. These new guidelines directly disallow you to markup product or content that are widely prohibited or regulated, or that can facilitate serious harm to self or others. Google said it will simply not show rich results on such products.

Product examples include firearms & weapons, recreational drugs, tobacco, vaping products, gambling-related products and other products that can pose acute threats of physical harm.

The new guidelines were posted over here and read:

Don’t mark up content that promotes widely prohibited or regulated goods, services, or information that may facilitate serious and/or immediate or long term harm to self or others. This includes content related to firearms & weapons, recreational drugs, tobacco & vaping products and gambling-related products.

This new policy is effective already and I assume you will soon, if not already, not see rich results in Google Search for these types of products. This includes Google not showing star ratings, prices, or availability information and so on.

Google told me “this policy change will align the rich snippets feature with other Search surfaces that display product information from merchants, to help provide consistency and clarity.”

Google will not issue manual actions in Google Search Console for violation of this guidelines, Google will simply will just not show the rich results in Google Search.

Here is a screenshot from Glenn Gabe of it already going missing for sites:

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