How To Refresh Google Page Cache

I needed to learn how to force a Google Page Cache refresh after my site had a hack last month. Here’s what I learned.

1) There is no way to force a refresh.

Unless you are a Google Engineer, that is. Sadly, I am not. Something tells
me that Google Engineers are not allowed to do that for their own sites,
either.

2) You can actively work your site to inspire Google to refresh the page cache.

Try the following. It has worked for me.

  1. Add frequent content – like in this blog
  2. Have good titles and meta tags, especially description
  3. Cross link posts
  4. Update old articles with new information, diagrams, etc
  5. Get new sites to link to your stuff
  6. Make sure those sitemaps are up to date!

Anything I missed? Let me know below.

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a female faust February 11, 2013 at 11:58 am

i used to have a few ways — here’s one that still works: proxy from someplace (the list at Hinky Dink’s Proxy Obsession is the best free proxy list around), clear cookies and cache, and go to google translate. translate your page into some language. then click to view original. et voila — at least for me — your chances may be best if your home page is the page you want cached. in that case i would link to it from your home page and see if that works.

any idea how to force a crawl from the internet archive? one used to be able to do that…

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Charlotte Web Development February 13, 2013 at 12:03 pm

That’s a pretty novel way! I had never even thought of that! Thanks for the tip!

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