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Google Search Console Removal Tool Removes Cache Updates

June 10, 2024

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Google takes another step towards dropping the cache tool by removing cache updates, causing waves in the SEO community. 

Adapting to change is crucial in the transitory world of SEO and digital marketing. 

One recent development causing waves throughout the SEO community is Google’s announcement that it dropped cache updates from its Google Search Console removal tool.

Google’s notice reads:

  • β€œCache updates are no longer available; you can still request snippet updates.”  

Here`s a screenshot of Google’s notice:

Change is in the air

Google`s removal of cache updates is just another change in what has already been a busy year, and like most, this change could have significant implications for SEOs and webmasters relying on specific Google tools to manage their search engine results. 

Some in the community believe something bigger is in the pipeline. Like SEO manager Vijay Chauhan, who posted the removal on X:

Google removing cache tool sometime soon

Google’s cache tool provides a historical snapshot showing what its crawler found on its last visit to your webpage.  

The snapshot can help SEOs diagnose indexing problems by comparing cached versions with their present site, enabling them to understand how Google interprets each page. 

Google has said it plans to remove the cache tool from Google Search, so dropping the cache updates isn’t surprising. 

Executive Editor of Search Engine Roundtable, Barry Schwartz, wrote about the removal, saying:

  • β€œI will speculate that this brings Google one step closer to fully dropping the cache tool in Google Search.” 

The heads up, however, doesn’t reduce the problems its removal might cause throughout the SEO community. 

Impact on SEO professionals

Google’s cache tool has long been essential for SEO professionals who need to perform troubleshooting and diagnostics. By removing cache updates from the Google Search Console Removal tool, Google is changing the landscape of how we get and apply this data.   

The removal could affect how quickly webmasters identify and resolve indexing issues, meaning they might need to use other methods and diagnostic tools. 

Why it matters

Google’s decision to remove cache updates (and, in time, the cache tool completely) aligns with its goal to simplify its tools, persuade SEO professionals to stop relying on cached versions, and instead focus on providing quality content to ensure correct indexing.

The removal coincides with the recent Helpful Content update that aims to encourage site owners and webmasters to provide well-optimized and up-to-date sites that enhance user experience and improve crawling efficiency.

Quality content is key

Understanding Google’s reasons for making changes (like removing cache updates) is critical to forecasting and adapting to future updates. 

Google’s ongoing quest to refine its ranking algorithms and indexing further emphasizes the importance of providing quality content that serves your reader’s intent. And to ensure your site remains relevant in our ever-changing world of SEO.

Terry O'Toole

Terry O'Toole

Terry is a seasoned content marketing specialist with over six years of experience writing content that helps small businesses navigate where small businesses meet marketing - SEO, Social Media Marketing, etc. Terry has a proven track record of creating top-performing content in search results. When he is not writing content, Terry can be found on his boat in Italy or chilling in his villa in Spain.

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