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In addition, Google refreshes millions of web pages every day to ensure that Google users have access to the most current information.
These 'fresh' listings can be identified by a date, in green, alongside the page's URL in the search results.
Webmasters are often confused when the 'fresh' listing expires. If a new 'fresh' listing is not given (because the page wasn't fetched that day or because it hasn't been updated in the last day or so) then the listing reverts to the one from the last full update. If the page was not included in the last full update then it disappears, only to reappear if it is 'fresh' listed. In times of Google paranoia, this can look like a penalty.
The coming and going of 'fresh' listings is distinct from the Everflux [webmasterworld.com], which is a description of general search result changes during the Google cycle.
Good timing too because I just got my first fresh tag listing today :) Since these pages aren't listed in dmoz or yahoo yet and are only pr5 (and one not even indexed yet), I was pleasantly surprised :)
This update though has changed. Now when the Fresh Date is not there, the cached page appears to be the one that was showing based on the last Fresh Date. This may not be happening with everyone, but, I see it happening with a couple of sites that I manage. Both of those sites do have high PR and Google does visit regularly. Even so, the last two updates did not exhibit this behavior. When Fresh Dates were not there, the cache was based on the last crawl date, not the last Fresh Date. Did that make sense?
I would add that
(1) some of my pages would fluctuate from a 2-3 month old cached copy to a totally fresh one. Now it's always the latest copy in the cache.
(2) I'm noticing that Google is now giving fresh tags to pages that are linked directly from high page rank sites even if they are on a different domain. For example, a page rank 7 site with a direct link to a forum post on a PR 4 site. Previously, I wasn't seeing Google regresh exterior links but now they seem to be doing that.
(3) There seems to be a pattern: 2 days with lots of fresh tags throughout the Google index and 2 days with no fresh tags to be found anywhere.
Ciml, I am not sure I understand this point. Are you saying that the content has to be [b]different[/b] on the page to be granted a date-stamp plus short-term new cache/index?
My own site experience says this would not be the case, but you probably mean something else.
Or take [b]His Royal Freshness[/b] - Bill's own Microsoft - 3,030 Fresh pages with 4 september (24.100 Fresh pages had the 3 september stamp this morning), according to http://www.researchbuzz.com/toolbox/goofresh.shtml (using the last 7 days option), I would doubt these to be all changed recently?
BTW, I think that after Microsoft.com, Usatoday and News.bbc.co.uk (16.000 pages this morning with 3 september) would be follow-ups on the quantity of Freshness pages..but maybe there are even Fresher sites around..
This sounds like a major (and welcome) change. What you and dvduval are experiencing is a much better approach, but presumably takes some extra resourcres.
Maybe this thread should be "Google Fresh Listings Now Smarter"?
> Are you saying that the content has to be different on the page to be granted a date-stamp plus short-term new cache/index?[/small]
Yes, that's what I meant. I have some daily-crawled pages. They get the dates only when they change.
mortalfrog, I don't know why you don't get the daily crawl. Every page I've checked that's in DMoz gets fetched often.
The coming and going of 'fresh' listings is distinct from the Everflux, which is a description of general search result changes during the Google cycle.
But the coming and going of "fresh" listings is the strongest effect on search result changes?
At least if NFFC's description [webmasterworld.com] is taken into account on the earlier mentioned millions of pages Google refreshes every day (if content changes).
If I add a distinct new word on my regularly freshly crawled pages it effects (the number of) search results for a search query on that word.
Yes, that's what I meant. I have some daily-crawled pages. They get the dates only when they change
What are other peoples experiences here?
Surely this content change is not a binding factor? I now have a date stamp on a page for which I am 99% sure it has not been changed for weeks.
I also still doubt Microsoft changing the content of 24.000 pages in a few days..recurringly every few days..?
I am just getting freshly confused here..;)
It's probably a hash Google uses to determine if the page looks to be changed; and if it does they use a different more sophisticated algo to check for sure.
I know that because I read that after the August update Google have started to show the latest version of pages that have changed or the update-time page if it hasn't. My pages haven't changed much (but they are dynamic so the first pass of the freshness check must be positive), Google shows fresh copies only for a couple of days.