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The Cache Dates On Our Pages Are Getting Old - Should I Be Worried?
Posted 30 May 2007 - 10:55 AM
we rank well on the competitive keywords in our industry and im getting concerened because our cache dates are starting to get quite old.
for example, keywords that bring up our home page show a cahced version from 19th April 2007.
we used to get an update every few days.
is this something normal, or am i to start worrying.
one more point though:
other sites that use the same e-commerce provider and hosts as us also show chache dates within a day or two of ours.
Posted 30 May 2007 - 12:06 PM
If it's the latter, then why do you care?
Why should Google waste time reindexing the same content?
Posted 30 May 2007 - 05:12 PM
Or it could be that Google is not updating all of its cache data while rolling out new features.
Or it could be that some of the pages linking to your content have gone Supplemental and are no longer sending Googlebot to your pages.
Or it could be that you had some technical problems with your server the last time Google tried to crawl it and the robot could not access the server.
Or it could be that you have changed or deleted some content and your internal linkage is no longer as strong as it once was.
Or it could be that someone dinked with your robots.txt file.
And so on.
My point is that simply knowing the frequency of cache date updates has declined doesn't tell you anything for certain. It may be a symptom of a correctible problem or it may only be an indication of some under-the-hood tinkering that really shouldn't hurt you.
Posted 31 May 2007 - 04:14 AM
Try checking the cache date of recently added or modified products and see if it's newer. Also, if possible, check your logs and see if you can see 304 responses to Googlebot in them. Or ask your e-commerce provider if they have recently added this mod.
Posted 01 June 2007 - 05:20 AM
Posted 08 June 2007 - 09:43 AM
alan you are sort of correct, on quizzing our e-commerce provider i got this from them this morning:
The platform from which the spiders run is now using a new IP stack which is in conflict with the loadbalancing hardware that spread load between the servers in the ************** webfarm. The result is that Google is still visiting sites (and customers can still view pages) but the results returned to Google are incomplete or non-existent.
Posted 08 June 2007 - 11:23 AM
pretty tempted though, seeing as their technologies cant keep up with the most popular search engine in the world!!!
also as i worked so damn hard to achieve the results that we currently have.
Posted 08 June 2007 - 01:23 PM
Posted 08 June 2007 - 05:46 PM
At least they seem to be aware of the issue. If they don't take action within a few days, I would be very concerned.
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