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HTTP SEO Headers Part 2

Here at Network Intellect we know what makes good SEO, and with that in mind we have decided to give you a few tips on something that you may forget when dealing with your SEO projects.

We are carrying on here from our previous post providing you with 3 more HTTP SEO headers to consider looking at.

HTTP Headers are the headers sent by your browser to the server every time a page requested and we are going to take a quick look at 5 of these to deal with SEO.

Previously we looked at the Page Status and Server header details, now we will carry on further:


When a server has re-directed a URL, looking at the Location field can show us the absolute URL of where the server has re-directed us. You can see a chain of redirects to a path which can help to diagnose where old URLs are being unnecessarily used.

You may need a special tool to get a list of all the redirected URLs rather than just the final URL but this is important when trying to clean things up on your site.

Some examples can be found below:




The link HTTP header shows any relationships with any other resources. A common relationship that we find is the canonical URL link.

Google started supporting this in June 2011.

A couple of examples can be shown below:

<>; rel=”canonical”
</feed>; rel=”alternate”


X-Robots-Tag HTTP headers allow you to specifiy what to do with specific bots. This is very similar to using robots.txt or HTML meta tags.

If you are having problems trying to work out why a page of yours isn’t being indexed it might be a good idea to check the X-Robots-Tag.

The most common examples can be found below:

googlebot; nofollow
unavailable_after: 25 Jun 2010 15:00:00 GMT

Come back next time, where we will go through the final 3 headers that are useful when using HTTP Headers for your SEO purposes.

If you need any help with your SEO projects or understanding HTTP Headers then why not get in contact with us here at Network Intellect.


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