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Q: Update cache information ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: Update cache information
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: shermacman-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 17 Nov 2003 10:30 PST
Expires: 17 Dec 2003 10:30 PST
Question ID: 276758
When I google our web site I get links to pages that are not active on
our server. Yet when I click them they open from some cached
information I assume is stored on your servers. How can I update that
Subject: Re: Update cache information
Answered By: slawek-ga on 17 Nov 2003 20:28 PST
Good Day shermacman-ga,

If you are actually clicking on the main link to the site on the
search result page, the site is probably loading from the cache in
your web browser. Google does have it's own cache, but a website will
not load from Google's cache unless you specifically request it by
clicking the "Cache" link (bottom of a website description on the
search result page).

If you choose not to have your site show up in Google's cache, you can
always ask Google not to cache the site. This can be accomplished
using the "noarchive" meta tag (to be placed in the head tags of every
page not to be cached):

<meta name="googlebot" content="noarchive">

As with any changes aimed at a search engine, the above might take a
while to take effect. There is no way to automatically request Google
to update it's cache information, and neither is there anyone who will
do that manually (there would simply be too many requests for such

Please see the following link for additional information on Google,
it's robot operations, and how you can influence them.

Website: Remove a Site From Google
URL: ://

I think it important to mention the revisit-after meta tag, as you
might become aware of it if you do some searching on the subject:

<meta name="revisit-after" content="7 days">

You will find references to this tag in many places on the Internet.
Most web sites that mention this tag will also inform you that this
tag is never observed by search engines, as it leaves too much room
for abuse (consider what the search results would look like if
everyone posted a website, waited until the search engine spidered the
page, and replaced the content soon after... all this with a
"revisit-after" setting of 1000 days). There really is no way of
controlling the frequency of the cache updates on Google itself (and
any other search engine that I am aware of). All you can do is ask not
to be cached at all.

Now, if none-existing pages are loading when you click on the website
title and not the "Cache" link, this information is most likely loaded
from your web browsers cache memory. If you are using Internet
Explorer, you can delete this information by clicking on the "Tools"
option in the main menu of Internet Explorer, and clicking the "Delete
Files..." button in the "Temporary Internet Files" section. Please let
me know if you are using a different browser, and need step by step
instructions on clearing out the browsers cache memory.

Search Strategy: Past experience
                 Google search for "revisit"+"google" and
                 Google search for "cache"+"update"+"google"

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