I have a custom 404 page on my site, and I'm using the following code in my htaccess to direct visitors there:
ErrorDocument 404 /not-found.html
However, I was reading an article about 404 pages in Google Webmaster help, and came across a sentence that I guess I'm not understanding entirely. After explaining the benefits of creating a "custom 404" page, Google goes on to say:
"You should still make sure that your webserver returns a 404 status code to users and spiders, so that search engines don't accidentally index your custom 404 page."
How do I know if my web server is returning the proper 404 "status code"? (in addition to sending visitors to my custom 404 page) My custom page doesn't seem to be indexed by search engines, but is there something else I should be checking?