Status codes tell browsers like the one you are using right now to read this article if a page has successfully completed. HTTP response status codes are grouped into five classes:
- 1XX Informational
- 2XX Successful
- 3XX Redirects
- 4XX Client Errors
- 5XX Server Errors
SEOs observe status codes often to find problems with a website or to detect redirects (when one page redirects to another page) which can negatively impact your organic ranking performance if done incorrectly.
How do I check my websites status code?
We highly recommend using Ayima’s Redirect Path chrome extension which can be downloaded from here.
What is Ayima’s Redirect Path?
The redirect path plugin allows you to detect if a webpage has successfully loaded, had issues or redirected. An example of this can be seen below.
Our homepage returned a 200 status code which means it has loaded successfully. Let’s navigate to an invalid page to see what happens.
As seen above we are presented with a red warning and a 404 status code which means the page was not found.
Now let’s see what happens when we navigate to a URL that redirects to another page.
The first URL we requested served us a 301 redirect to the 2nd URL which loaded successfully.
Can I check response headers with Ayima’s Redirect Path?
Yes, the Redirect Path extension allows you to look into server response headers by simply clicking on the status code within Redirect Path to display additional information. An example of this can be seen below.