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GET /404.asp 404;http://www.widgets.com/privacy.htm 200
Now, is this b/c Freshbot has actually indexed this, and just checking to see if it still exists? I am confused. Thanks in advance.
The location it gives is your 404.asp page. When a spider gets a 302, it will request that page. If that page is working, it will get a 200 and index it.
A regular 404 page should give a 404. This will handle the situation when someone requests something that doesn't and exist and you have no reason to handle the possibilty of it ever existing.
302/301 should be used when existing pages are renamed or moved. Meaning you want to handle it differently, anyone who requests that page/resource need to be sent to the new location.
b/c my 404 page has asp code in it, when i change the message type to file, it processes no server side code. is there a way to get around this problem? with a message type of "file" google treats this as a 302, when it really needs to be a 404...
I dont know if it makes any difference, but you may want to check with your host that in the url field when setting your custom error, they have it set as /yourfolder/errorpage.asp rather than yourdomain.com/yourfolder/errorpage.asp.