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My Google cached site differs for different search terms

11:17 am on Jan 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Hi everyone,

When I search for my website under its own domain name in Google, the cached site is an old version. However when I search under specific keywords the cached version is more up to date. I've added several hundred pages of content in the last month or so, so I'm hoping for some difference in rankings when it gets crawled again. But it seems they've got both the old and newer versions. Is this discrepancy normal or might there be a problem? Also I used to use the Pragma tag to stop caching, so maybe that could be confusing Google. Thanks for all your help in any event,



11:22 am on Jan 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I suggest you wait until the next update and see if things have settled down by then. Cheers!
11:33 am on Jan 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for your reply. Waiting for Google seems to be the bane of webmasters, but there probably isn't much else I can do. Back to the content then!


1:52 pm on Jan 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Exactly the same thing happens to me, too! How common is it and what may be causing it?

2:37 pm on Jan 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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As far as I know, Google has several "datacenters" that handle traffic. And numerous spiders are continuously crawling sites, updating pages, playing with algorithms so sometimes the search results might get minor hiccups.

Normally at the end of each month the famous "Google dance" starts. This is when the new update is about to be born and usually this tango lasts for a few days and sometimes over a week.

But even if things are supposed to be calm and quiet after that, you might still find changes in the SERPs. This is called the "everflux", small changes happening here and there.

3:18 pm on Jan 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Hi everyone.

Well it's good to know I'm not the only one with this problem, and your explanation sounds great - I'm sure it will sort it self out. Thanks also for the definitions of "everflux" and "Google dance", they sound like lingo noone in SEO can do without ;). Thanks again,



7:06 pm on Jan 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I was actually gonna see if anyones posted on this matter. My site has the same thing going on and my title was a smiley face :) origionally! So I cant wait for it to update.

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