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The Google Cache Link Redirects for My Site

 9:36 pm on Feb 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

Hi everyone!

I have a question about Google caching. When I try to view the cached version of any page on my site, I see the usual text, "This is Google's cache of http://www.example.com/. It is a snapshot of the page as it appeared on...," for a split second before a redirect launches.

Only this redirect never directs me anywhere. The browser just spins and spins.

Does anyone have any ideas why this is happening?

A potentially important note: the site was not build for SEO and runs entirely on JavaScript. When disabling JavaScript, nothing on the page is visible. (We're working on it.)

Many thanks for your insight,



 12:18 am on Feb 5, 2011 (gmt 0)

Welcome to the forums, shaynadc

I'd first suspect that there is some JavaScript that interacts badly with the way Google shows a cached page. In fact, I thought that even before you mentioned using a lot of JavaScript on the website.

If you haven't written the script yourself, haqve you show this behavior to your developer?


 1:43 pm on Feb 7, 2011 (gmt 0)

Hi Tedster, thanks for responding.

We've shown this behavior to our developers, but they don't know much in the way of how the Google cache works, so aren't sure what the problem could be.

Do you know of any resources for further research I can give them on how Google shows a cached page?


 4:44 pm on Feb 7, 2011 (gmt 0)

Have the developers look at "View Source" for Google's cached version of the page, especially the <head> area. Your site may be using some kind of protection against the way Google calls the supporting files - for example, hot link protection for images.

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