January 30, 2024

What Happened to Google Cached Pages?

Google caches web pages on a regular basis. It’s a way to keep a copy of the page online even if it is down for maintenance or if something goes wrong with the live version of the page. You can access cached pages in a few different ways.

One way is to click on the three dots menu beside a search result and select “Cached.” You can also use the search box by typing “cached” before the URL to see the results.

If you do click on the cached results, you will find a snapshot of the page as it was when Google crawled and cached the page. That means if your website content changes, the cached version of the page won’t update until Google recrawls the page and takes another snapshot.

This is a good thing. Google does not want to index the same content multiple times. It will take time for a new snapshot of the page to be taken and for that to show up in search results.

However, the downside is that if you have two very similar pages on your site and are using a rel=canonical tag to link them, this will cause Google to display both versions in the search results. The search engine will see that the two pages are very similar and may decide to fold them together.

This can be a problem for marketers. If you have done a lot of work optimizing pages and they are suddenly showing up as duplicates, this is not ideal. You will need to fix the issue or use a canonical tag to ensure that the most accurate version of your page is being displayed in search results.

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