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7:10 am on Jan 3, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Hi,

It is very usual that major search engines cache pages and show the link as "cached".
Now if I make changes to my website, it takes nearly a week to get cached. In the meantime will the SE consider my current page for SERPs or the cached page?

Any insights? Thanks in advance.

9:45 am on Jan 3, 2010 (gmt 0)

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in my experience the title shown in the serps matches the cached version.
3:15 pm on Feb 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

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As said, the title in the SERPs is what Google has cached.

If you want to influence how long Google keeps your web pages cached, you can use a "noarchive" meta tag to tell Google not to cache your page and/or use an "expires" meta tag to tell Google to keep your web page cached for a short time only.

Note that both of these methods are not full-proof. Google still makes up its own mind about what to show.

 

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