I was looking today to see which version of a page Google had crawled and cached, but when I looked, I could no longer see the place where Google shows the cached content.

Is this a feature that googles still have in their SERP results? They still have the official support page about how to access the feature.

I'm using the latest version of the Chrome browser on a Mac running Yosemite 10.10.5.

Below is a markup of where I used to see the cached dropdown.

screenshot from google

  • I'm still seeing the drop down in the search results for I looked at. Are you not seeing it just for your site, or in general? Jun 12, 2017 at 17:54
  • Strange, im seeing it show up now for some SERP results but not others. - Ive been looking for the cache date of this link dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4367620/… - if you wouldn't mind could you try and find that article in the SERP results and see if it gives you the cache option ? It doesn't give the cache option for me currently
    – sam
    Jun 13, 2017 at 14:57

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Google hasn't discontinued the feature. The page you are looking at uses a meta tag to prevent caching:

<meta name ="robots" content="noodp,noydir,all,noarchive" />

Specifically the noarchive in there tells Google not to create a cache of the page in the search results.

  • Ah ok, so on that basis how does google handle the page : in terms of including it in SERP results, its ranking, how it will attribute "link juice" to any outgoing links, how often it will re crawl the page etc..
    – sam
    Jun 13, 2017 at 15:11
  • noarchive has no effect on links or any SEO other than preventing Google from caching the page as for as I know. Jun 13, 2017 at 15:19

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