Can 500 Error Codes Impact Google Indexing?

Google’s John Mueller answered a question about 500 error response codes that will make Googlebot crawl content less often. In addition, Mueller outlined scenarios where 500 response codes will have no effect on crawling and when they will lead pages to be removed from Google’s index.

Key takeaways:

  • A 500 response code indicates that the web page request was unsuccessful.
  • Mueller outlined the procedures Google takes in reaction to 500 error codes and how persistent failures may result in those web pages being removed from Google’s search index.
  • He further adds that large-scale 500 errors could signify that something is wrong and needs to be fixed right away.

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