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Internal Server Errorand a corresponding snippet. Unfortunately my error page had a title tag in the head!
[edited by: TheMadScientist at 7:15 pm (utc) on Mar 13, 2010]
...according to the logs there are no errors, just status 200.
ErrorDocument 500 /500.shtmlI don't see any errors in my logs that correspond to the time the site was down. What the serps show is the title and content of the custom 500 error page. I found these instances in the logs that correspond to this:
"GET / HTTP/1.1" 302 - "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Googlebot/2.1; +http://www.google.com/bot.html)"
"GET /500.shtml HTTP/1.1" 200 538 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Googlebot/2.1; +http://www.google.com/bot.html)"I don't know what this means exactly, but this probably caused the problem.
You want your error page to return a 404.