I’ve recently been asked to audit a number of high profile websites including one of the UK’s largest cottage agencies, an online casino and a high end jewellery retailer.
I keep seeing the same thing.
DYNAMIC landing pages that have NO central data when checked in Google’s cache of the page.
That means – the Google cache for KEY pages including property search results and at property/product level is empty, showing only a header and footer navigation but no internal content……
AJAX / JS / Dynamic content loading.
I cannot stress this enough – if Google can’t cache it properly then it’s likely data not being evaluated which is catastrophic from a ranking perspective.
I am seeing more and more “dynamic” websites appear with flashy functionality and fast dynamic loading, but, in reality, whatever Google claims to support – there is a big difference between what you think is being crawled and what Google is actually crawling.
CACHE Check EVERYTHING!
Missing chunks of page data = issue with text fetching during page request (usually dynamic code)
Malformed cache = generally an issue with unavailable or blocked resource that means Googlebot cannot render the page in full
Heavily out of date cache = page isn’t internally linked enough or is stagnant