One SEO professional was wondering about an extended outage they are planning to have. They explained that their client will likely have their site down for approximately one to two weeks. They are also worried about possible deindexing of the site.
They were curious whether there was a way to tell Google that it’s a temporary situation.
They also explained that they would post a countdown on their page, showing two weeks or ten days left or something like that.
John answered that there’s really no way to do so for that time frame, regardless of how you set it up.
If you use a 503 result code, however, you can tell Google that they should re-crawl the site. But it won’t tell them specifically to come back within a certain length of time.
However, even with this code, what will happen is that if the pages are just gone, then Google will end up dropping them from the index.
When the pages come back, Google will simply crawl them again.
John recommends avoiding the outage in the first place, because there’s really no way to prevent Google from deindexing the pages at all.
This happens at approximately the 4:15 mark in the video.