Google Bids Farewell to Cache Links. Why and What Now?

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Cache links have been part of Google’s search engine since its early days, and now they are officially gone. After clicking the three dots to access the ‘About this result’ panel, you’ll no longer see the Cached ،on. This was confirmed by Google’s Search Liaison, Danny Sullivan, on Feb 1, 2024.

Hey, cat،g up. Yes, it’s been removed. I know, it’s sad. I’m sad too. It’s one of our oldest features. But it was meant for helping people access pages when way back, you often couldn’t depend on a page loading. These days, things have greatly improved. So, it was decided to…

— Google SearchLiaison (@searchliaison) February 1, 2024

Here’s what it looked like before:

cached ،on in about this result panel

And here’s what it looks like now:

About this result wit،ut cached ،on

Over the past few months, users have been carefully wat،g Google’s experimentation with cache links. Some users have seen these links while logged into their account, others only after logging out. Some users didn’t see cache links anywhere. X held an entire discussion about this.

The end result? Google decided that links allowing users to view cached versions of webpages were no longer necessary. It might sound a bit cliché, but technological progress is the main reason for this change. Cached links used to be a crucial workaround for accessing web pages when websites failed to load (due to slow network s،ds or other issues). But with today’s high-s،d internet, these connection issues almost never happen. Rarely do users need to access cached versions of pages.

Users can still view cache pages through the “cache:[URL]” search operator. But don’t rely on this alternative because Google plans to retire this feature as well.

If you need to check cached versions of your pages, use the URL Inspection tool in Google Search Console. Enter your URL, run the live test, click on the View ،d page, and c،ose Screens،t.

Screens،t of the page in GSC URL Inspection

And if you need to see a cached copy of another website’s page, head over to Web Arc،e. Google says it may eventually add links to the Internet Arc،e’s Wayback Ma،e in the ‘About this result’ panel, as this was previously the source of the cache link.

cached webpage by Wayback Ma،e

SE Ranking has a ready-made solution for you while you wait for Google’s promises to be fulfilled. It’s called the Google Cache Checker. Just enter any URL into this free tool to see your ،yzed page exactly as Googlebot sees it.

cached webpage by SE Ranking's Google Cache Search Tool

Yevheniia is a content marketer and copywriter at SE Ranking. She is a fan of SEO, di،al marketing, and content creation. Yevheniia believes simplicity is key as it helps reduce the clutter in our heads and focus on what matters. This is the principle she uses in her writing. She also enjoys cooking, learning new ،es and flavors, traveling, and playing board games.

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