410 What is a Conditional Rule?

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The 410 status code is an HTTP response status code indicating that the requested resource no longer exists on the server and has been permanently removed. Unlike a 404 (Not Found) status code, which indicates that the item may be temporarily unavailable or may return in the future, a 410 (Gone) status code does indicate that the item is lost and will not be found again.

410 Special characteristics of conditional rules

Remove it permanently:

  • The resource is permanently deleted from the server.
  • The server no longer wants to make the resource available.

Clear communication:

Communicate to clients (browsers, search engines, etc.) that any information about the resource should be removed.

It helps search engines understand that user content needs to be filtered out and not dragged back.

Test Case:

Appropriate for situations where content is intentionally removed and not replaced, such as suspended content, deleted pages, or suspended content

Example of scenario

Consider a website that offers a downloadable eBook. If the ebook is unavailable and will no longer be delivered, the server may return a 410 status code for that ebook URL.

The equipment to be used

In server configuration, you can configure 410 status code responses for specific URLs. Here is an example of an Apache server using .htaccess.

Return to the visited /path-cleared resource

For Nginx you can add rules like this to your configuration file:

location /routing-objects { .
after 410 ;
} . } . } . } .

410 usefulness of status code

SEO Benefits:

  • It helps clean up search engine indexes by removing non-existent content, which can improve overall search results.
  • Prevent search engines from repeatedly visiting pages they know they visit regularly, saving search engines.

User Experience:

It provides a clear signal to users and their browsers that the item they are looking for is no longer available, preventing confusion or repeated attempts to find the item.

All-which works well:

  • It reduces unnecessary requests to the server without resources, which can improve server performance.
  • 410 and other differences between condition codes

410 and 404:1

  • 404 (unseen): Accessories are missing, and it is unclear if they are permanently lost or if they may return in the future.
  • 410 (Gone): The resource is definitely gone, it won’t come back.

410 and 301:1

301 (permanently moved): The object has been moved permanently, and clients must update their references to the new URL.

410 (gone): The object is permanently removed without a new location.

The 410-status code is a useful tool for websites and developers to communicate regular release of a feature. By returning this status code, you can help improve the accuracy of search engine indexes, improve the user experience by clearly indicating object status, and optimize server performance by requiring unnecessary queries you will reduce it.

How the 410 Status Code Affects SEO

Indexed pages:

When search engines encounter a 410 status code, they see that the resource has been permanently removed. As a result, the page will be removed from their search results faster than using a 404 status code. This helps ensure that users are not redirected to pages that do not exist, improving overall search results.

Crawl Budget Optimization:

Search engines have a limited budget for crawling each web page, which is the number of pages required in a given period of time. By using a 410 status code for permanently removed pages, you tell search engines not to waste resources crawling these URLs over and over again. This allows search engines to focus their crawl budgets on the most important, dynamic pages on your site, and can improve the indexing and ranking of those pages

User Experience:

The 410 status code gives users and their browsers a clear signal that the page they are trying to access is completely lost. This can improve the user experience by reducing confusion and preventing users from experiencing “soft 404s” where the server returns a user-friendly error page that does not have a valid status code.

The 410 status code is a powerful tool to manage your website’s SEO and user experience while regularly removing pages. By openly discussing regular content removal, you help search engines de-index pages more efficiently, optimize your crawl budget, and deliver a better user experience.

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