Google URL Inspection Tool Labels 410 HTTP Status Codes As 404

May 20, 2019 • 7:42 am | comments (5) by | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

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Did you know that the URL Inspection Tool within Google Search Console will label a 410 HTTP server status code as a 404 HTTP server code, not the 410 it truly is?

It's true - Earl Grey posted an example on Twitter in which Google's John Mueller said they do that as a "simplification." 404s are page not found status codes, but 410s are generally known as stricter, more permanent 404s.

Here is a screen shot of this happening:

Here is how John from Google responded:

Of course - I love the Webmaster Tools references. I don't think I ever catch myself as calling it Webmaster Tools anymore. Do you?

Forum discussion at Twitter.

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