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I know that you can stop google from caching an entire page but some pages i do not mind being cached but it is the ads which really annoy me.
js doc write will do too. Scope out some of the ad serving code by the big ad servers...
I personally always look at googles cache before entering a site.
A) to many site's with slow servers I will always get good connection from google so I can quickly check if it's a site i want to goto or not without leaving the serps.
B) I also read somewhere that 70% - 80% of google users also check cache first.
wow, that blows me away. I really hadn't thought about the Google cache being used anywhere near that often. OK... so I actually thought it probably got next to no use.
Out of interest, what do you do if Google doesn't have a cached version? Do you go on to the site or pass it by?
I'm considering putting no cache tags on my site as I've got a lot of serious regular updating going on for the next few months, and cached shots just won't be relevant for any length of time.
I don't want to hijack Visit_Thailand post so he's want i have got.
I hardly ever go to a nocache site unless I'm doing SEO then I always check that site out fully ;)
We did a online test with four test sites in google we split the sites into two keyword phases.
site a blue widget parts cache position 3
site b blue widget parts no cache position 2
site c green widget parts cache position 1
site c green widget parts no cache position 3
we had 10% more clicks on the cached version.
we have used iframe to great succese also used ad folder to keep the banners in and didn't let google in there or cache
vitplease's translation of the Very interesting French article on Google usage in France [webmasterworld.com] statses "use of cache: 0,6%".
i think we need to remember that we all have a deep interest in search engines, particularly google, and know and use their features a LOT more than your average surfer ie we are not typical users, so the fact that we may use google's cache a lot of the time does not necessarily mean that everyone does. just my 2 pence worth!
On one site, I implemented a cheap cgi-based ad rotation system a few months ago. I did it mainly to distribute ads and track performance, but it also makes sure even cache viewers get a new ad, and get counted.
Google has pretty much in 24 hours already removed (after adding the tag to the page) the cache, but I also see that the date has now been removed.
We have not lost SERP position but the lack of date when CNN above us one place and another site and all below have the date still (but they are all cached).
Is this normal ? Do you lose dates if you opt for no cache ?
Myth-dispelling time. DaveN, the vast majority of our users don't even realize what the cached link is. From the few times I've poked through our logs, I'd estimate that you're off by two full orders of magnitude. No offense, but 70-80% is completely off-base.