| 11:14 pm on Feb 12, 2012 (gmt 0)|
Thanks for posting this observation. I hadn't registered the fact that with JS turned off, the cached links were still accessible directly in the SERP.
| 4:34 pm on Feb 14, 2012 (gmt 0)|
You can use Firefox and the Greasemonkey extension to put the 'cached' link back where it was.
The script I have installed is like this one here: https://gist.github.com/1672027
But I think I took the 'Hide Instant Preview Button' script and edited it to produce the same result as the one above.
| 9:53 pm on Feb 14, 2012 (gmt 0)|
|The cache link was not "removed" from the SERPs - it was moved, however. Now, for the average user, it appears over the Instant Preview screen shot |
You mean the "cached" reference has nothing to do with the Preview that is directly below it, where any idiot --or at least this one-- would assume it's the Preview itself that's cached? I was recently tearing my hair out in another thread trying to figure out what that mythical Preview caching was all about.
| 2:44 am on Feb 15, 2012 (gmt 0)|
The traditional "cached" page is definitely not identical to the Preview - although it might be in many situations. In fact, the cached page isn't even in synch with the version of the page measured for ranking purpose. That's yet a third version of the page ;)
| 3:13 am on Feb 15, 2012 (gmt 0)|
Traditional bait and switch when the rubes get smarter (or dumber) about their browser settings. JS has a lot of value, true, but it has a lot of "evil" possible as well. JS is off for me at all times even on sites where it might make a difference. We're experiencing the well-known behavior of the masses for "just give it to me" and vendors (browsers) doing all they can to oblige (turned on by default) because all the websites (g, too) are moving in a different direction (more JS).
Not quite a rant... just a fond memory of the bad old daze (sic!) when the web was a different kind of (html) beast. In this time it appears there are 666 ways to hide, obfuscate, diminish, mislead, lead, down the garden path... whoops! In SEO mode! :) (that's a joke in case it was missed)
Seriously... experience the web with JS OFF and ADS BLOCKED for a week to see what the web has become (ie., what you miss and/or rely on).