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Google Regressing To Old Version Of Site
Posted 04 January 2004 - 07:41 PM
Hopefully someone knows why this is happening with Google.
Christmas Day I had made some major changes to my index.html page. I also changed some links completely (making old version of links inaccessible), as I needed to change product codes for all my products (which invariably changes the links).
Google had crawled my site and did index all my changes (I checked the cache on Google). Well, last night Google reverted to my old cache.
Now Google has crawled my site yesterday and today, and is trying to crawl these old links. But these old links are not anywhere in my site at all (I have tripled checked).
Why would Google revert to a 2 week old cache and then try and crawl this old cache? Wouldn't Google's spider see the new version and crawl the links in this new version (which it was doing up until yesterday)?
Any thoughts and advice appreciated!
PS - I had to change the links due to my new wholesaler's product code change. If a human had a bookmark of the old link, they wouldn't get a 404, they would still arrive at my storefront.
Posted 04 January 2004 - 08:03 PM
I wouldn't panic, I had the same thing happen to one of my sites last year. It probably took four weeks for the site with the new changes to show up consistently. Sometimes I would get the pages with the new changes, other times I'd get the old pages. I think it's just the normal process. I'm sure some of the other members could elaborate on why this happens.
Posted 04 January 2004 - 08:35 PM
Posted 04 January 2004 - 09:23 PM
What a relief Although, I wonder if it will change the schedule of the Googlebot visiting. Because I have been making frequent updates to my site, Googlebot has been crawling my site every other day. And on January 1st, it crawled 969 pages of my site! With the fact that Googlebot is encountering an internal redirect to my storefront (so the link isn't really dead, just every old link reaches my storefront), will it change or hurt my listings in anyway?
Posted 04 January 2004 - 09:37 PM
I'm not sure about it changing Googlebot's schedule to your site, but my guess is those old links will eventually drop out of Google's system if no other pages are linking to them, just takes a few weeks. I doubt it will hurt your rankings. I've done the same thing in the past, changed product codes, category names, and haven't had any ranking problems.
Posted 04 January 2004 - 10:12 PM
Posted 04 January 2004 - 11:14 PM
And thank you Jill, I had no idea. But now I could see how having hundreds of my storefront indexed would not be in my best interests.
I'll crack the manual on how to make the custom error page with my category tree and global header/footer instead of the redirect.
Posted 05 January 2004 - 04:06 PM
Of course, this only applies to the pages that don't exist anymore - if they have just been moved, you should tell that to the browser / crawler with 301 (permanent change of address) or 302 (temporary change).
It's not a good idea to make bad/old links redirect to your home page. Instead you should make a custom 404 page. Be sure that it returns the appropriate 404 header to the browser.
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