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My 60+ page website is listed in seps with each cached page backdated to the 3rd Sept, today of course being the 17th!
My site for the past 2 months has been deep crawled daily and all changes appeared within 36 hours, including the cache being no more than 36 hours old.. super fast, but now this rollback!
I have been looking at a page that has been crawled at sometime around 01:06 or 01:07 (but 01:11 last time) GMT every night, and that page is then shown in the cache about 30 to 36 shown hours later. However, the "snippet" and the "search query database" have NOT been updated. The page has had a certain phone number on it for the last 4 years. That number was changed a few weeks ago, but you can still find the page by searching for the old number, and the old number is still shown in the snippet; even though it is the new number that is shown in the cache.
Even more wierd is that the page also comes up in a search for the new phone number, and currently has a 17 Sep 2004 fresh tag against it, with the cache view dated "18 Sep 2004 01:11 GMT". The snippet does then show the new number too. However, there is no fresh date against the result when using the old number as the search query; but the cache link takes you to exactly the same cache view of the new number.
This is harming my SERPS too, as I ammeded my title tag and main body seo soon AFTER the 3rd. Pages effected are being held back due to this.
I hope there is a good reason - All pages are new and PR0, but still crawled daily... Maybe it will all come clear soon. If google asks for anything, it is patience.
For the last two weeks or so nothing has been refreshed, last cache date that I can find is 7th sept. Also pages created after that time are not in the index despite being easy to find and well linked.
So I don't know if that is a penalty symptom all of a sudden or is simply part of all the weird stuff going on right now. Like many sites the bot has been crawling the network aggressively last few days so something is probably in the pipe.
Both index pages have been changed as recently as September 10th, then again a couple of more times since then.
I have also used a server header checker and it shows them as modified recently.
I have a third site that has not had the index page modified since August 15th and it shows a cache date of September 18th.
None of the site have the same IP.
I have no idea what is going on or why. Any ideas?
If you see a crawl date from more than a month ago, you're probably checking out a site that handles If-Modified-Since well.
See also "Are you using If Modified Since?"
I guess that still doesn't explain why some pages on a given site have fresh dates and some don't. Maybe those pages actually have been modified more recently?
Googlebot is constantly on my logs crawling those 3rd Sept cached pages but does not display the new links in cache.
This site is still very new, and it is my thought that maybe my inbound links are not of enough 'Strength' or in high enuff numbers to update all of my page daily. Maybe it selects the 40% most linked to pages on my site and updates those on a regualr basis, and maybe the rest on a monthly basis. Until I get more inbound links?
Depending on which google server you get my cache was backdated to 5th or 11th Sept for the homepage, and 6th for the page I most recently optimised.
My first thought was that they were having a cache clear-out which wouldn't make much sense, or perhaps whatever server/s my cache was stored on has kicked the bucket.
Anyone from Google ever look at these posts?
The fresh caches are temporary. They are always thrown away. If you go two or three days without being freshed, your page will revert to its master cache.
Results are bumping around significantly in my sector, so it seems to me that we likely saw another lull before another one of these trvial updates where again weaker quality sites with volume of weaker quality linking get a bit of a boost.
Anyway, reverting to a cache significantly older than the one you had when you had a fresh tag is normal.
I have more recent sites with cache only 2-3 days old as normal. The older site is cached from 1st week in Sept. I guess I take some reassurance from those of you who suggest it is still normal behaviour but I can't help but think that I would expect the older better linked site to see freshbot far more than the others and prior to the 7th of sept it did.
No clear evidence of anything from my camp, but plenty of hunches, rumours and sketchy details to run wild with :)