Thread: 403s on a Cloud

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    403s on a Cloud


    New section of site has pages that we generate updates for every week, and then we store them on Amazon cloud.

    I keep finding issues about storing them on the cloud, rather than host them on a regular server. The cloud doesn't return 404 status for pages that do not exist. It responds with 403 forbidden errors.

    Will this be an issue with Google?

    Years ago I remember Google sending out requests for non-exisitant pages just to check how sites responded. They didn't like sites responding with 200 status when the page was actually a soft 404 or a custom page. They wanted the actual 404 status so they could remove non-existant URLs from their index.
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    My thought is, it would be a problem if the pages got indexed, but I believe a 403 response would cause those pages to either fall out of the index, or prevent them from getting indexed in the first place.

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