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Google cache search broken?

 5:53 pm on Jul 11, 2011 (gmt 0)

I'm not sure if this has already been posted but I'm trying to do some cache searches on google and instead of returning the result of the cached page I'm getting redirected to a serp, or a page that says the cache did not return any documents.

I've done this exact search for the exact page dozens of times over the past few weeks so I know the cached page exists. I've tried quite a few URLs now and the only caches i seem to be able to return are home page and top level pages, no deep pages.

Is anyone else seeing this?

I understand the lack of cached pages - ie did not return any documents, but i've never seen it redirect to a search page.

fyi the query i'm using is:




the top level (IE domain name) and top category works ok but nothing lower than that.

[edited by: tedster at 6:01 pm (utc) on Jul 11, 2011]
[edit reason] force full URL to display [/edit]



 3:16 am on Jul 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

No one is joining in - and I can say I'm not having this problem.


 8:05 am on Jul 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

I have seen this for a few pages on Google.co.uk. Not my own but one for a DMOZ category page I was recently listed on. Been checking the Google cache frequently to see if it will pick up that link - now there is no cache for that page.


 9:19 pm on Jul 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

The cache on my own site is gone. Not seeing it happen to my clients though.


 9:38 pm on Jul 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

Cache is flaky sometimes. It can come and go for no apparent reason.

Look at the cache ID for some pages. Notice that in several months time the cache ID for a particular page may have changed.


 10:15 pm on Jul 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

I seeing it massively happening in my neck of the woods, been seeing it all day and becoming more frequent. I am studying my competitors websites and they have been hit also.
Doesn't look like a duplicate issue as the pages look good and informative. Don't know about you guys but I create content in my websites that links that the main page I want to appear high in serps that users don't necessarily see, wondering if this practise is wrong and Google have changed by only taking notice of pages that users frequently visit? Thus Google is taking out all the deep pages.

Sally Stitts

 3:11 am on Jul 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

The other day I was looking at a cached page of mine, and
when I clicked on the cache link in the SERP,
Google returned the caches for ALL 10 results on the page,
which I thought was very strange.
Anybody else seen this? Kinda bizarre.


 3:38 am on Jul 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

Sally_Stitts - I don't understand. Since each cached page is a full page, how did one single click return ten pages at one time?

Sally Stitts

 4:04 am on Jul 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

It returned links to all the CACHES of all 10 results on the original SERP.

Instead of
# 1 SERP
# 2 SERP
# 3 SERP

it returned
Cache of #1 SERP
Cache of #2 SERP
Cache of #3 SERP

I need to add that the cache of the page I was looking for was not available. Sequentially -
June 26 - page first placed online
July 1 - indexed
July x - cache 27th (but not really there)
July x - cache 26th (but not really there)(cache of all 10 SERPs)
July x - cache 26th (OK)
July 12 - cache 12th (the cache of today's page is there already)

So, a little strange and unstable.


 4:55 am on Jul 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

I had issues earlier too, I tried searching for a site's cache but it is spitting up info details instead. It happened for about an hour or two


 2:23 pm on Jul 14, 2011 (gmt 0)

Hi All,

I am seeing this a lot with all different types of sites. This is the first thread I've seen on this.

I have tried executing this query using different HTTP proxys all on Google UK & US and have had the same mysterious results.

The results are from executing a cache: command and then only a 1 result SERP appearing with the traditional items such as Title and Meta Description. The listing also has the traditional Cached hyperlink:


this then throws up tradtional listings based on the URL but not using the cache.

Any other threads people know we can follow?


 6:49 pm on Jul 14, 2011 (gmt 0)

Google returned the caches for ALL 10 results on the page, which I thought was very strange.

I saw this several times yesterday. Very odd.


 12:23 pm on Aug 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

I also had this problem today, on g.co.uk, with 2 local results at the top with floating map on the right. Clicking on the cache of the ninth result (a php contact us page) just brought up another serp, this time without the local results.

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