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Cache date and page quality

10:59 am on May 10, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Is there a relationship between page quality as seen by Google and cache date? Some of my cache dates are current from the past week or so while others are almost 3 months old. The last posts concerning this topic go back about 10 years.
4:44 am on May 11, 2018 (gmt 0)

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If there was a relationship I'd be in big trouble since I haven't allowed any SE to cache my pages for years.
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and what is the interest to let Search engine cache pages ?
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To answer the OP's question, which is not about whether you should allow Google to cache your page, but rather about what an old cache date tells you...

The cache date is not necessarily indicative of the last crawl date. It might mean that Google has seen that your page hasn't changed, and it hasn't updated the cache. Use your server logs or reports in the Google Search Console if you want to know when Google last looked at your page.

This from John Mueller, reported by Barry at SER in several articles over the years...

Google: Cache Date Not Indicative Of GoogleBot Crawl Rate
Nov 21, 2016 - by Barry Schwartz

In his 2016 article, Barry also quotes a 2010 post...
"In general, we do not always update the cached page every time that we crawl a page." He added, that this is especially the case "when the page does not significantly change, we may opt to just keeping the old date on it."

Also, more recently, Barry notes this...

Google Wants You To Ignore The Cache Date
Sep 12, 2017 - by Barry Schwartz

There are lots of reasons why the cache date isn't significant, and why even the actual crawl date might not tell you what you want to know about page quality.

How often does the content of these pages change?


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