Google Official Tips On Closing A Site For Days (For Maybe Shabbat)

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We’ve talked a lot about sites that close down once a week or more for religious purposes, specifically closing on Shabbat. We were concerned about how GoogleBot handles it, will rankings drop and what about sites that show interstitials as a message to their customers about being closed, will they be hit by the penalty?

Well, Google’s John Mueller who has been fielding most of these questions wrote on the Google blog closing down for the day and three options webmasters have for dealing with such issues. So these are the official recommendations from Google on how to handle Shabbat and other concerns for being offline.

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