We reported yesterday that the URL of Google's quality rating guidelines did not return the PDF document, it was 404ing. Well, Google said it has been moved and as of this morning some URLs hosting that PDF have been redirected to the new destination.
Yes, I mean something. So this URL, for example, refers to:
https://static.googleusercontent.com/media/www.google.com/en// insidesearch / howsearchworks / assets / searchqualityevaluatorguidelines.pdf to this URL https://static.googleusercontent.com/media/guidelines.raterhub.com /en//searchqualityevaluatorguidelines.pdf.
It is a 302 diversion, here is a visual representation of the diversion:
But not all URLs that host this PDF redirect, many of the country-specific versions do not.
For example, when I search for the PDF in Google Search, the first result is hosted in Germany, so instead of a / and // it is / and // and that version, as well as many of the other country-specific versions, are still not forwarded. They still return a 404 response without a PDF.
I think they will eventually redirect?
Forum discussion on twitter.