TheMadScientist - 3:06 pm on Jun 29, 2011 (gmt 0)
if my visitors land on the page that been temporarily inactive then i can give them a message that the vendor they looking for is not available at this time and he can check back later OR check another vendor with similar products...
I would personally think about doing this by keeping all the original information on the page and adjusting the stock level, etc.
Stock On Hand: 0;
Expected Restock: DATE
Other Similar Products: LINK .. LINK .. LINK
but how do i send my message to search engine robots?
<meta name="robots" content="noindex">
303 and 307? would love to discuss them if anyone have a case for it?
Not much to discuss on these in this thread, but have used 307s effectively in situations where a page will be temporarily redirected on a number of occasions for a few years now ... My guess is the 302 handling is very similar to, if not the same as, 307 handling, but I prefer to make sure the communication is clear.
I do not see myself using the 303, 307 or any other redirect in this situation ... I think it's best to keep the history for the URL and 'adjusting' stock levels / info accordingly. To keep from 'visitor frustration' at not having what they were looking for in stock I would likely noindex the page, until I had stock on hand unless I had an 'essentially the same' product from another vendor people are 'equally as likely to buy', then I would think about leaving the page in the index, but still change the info similar to the example above.