Google’s John Mueller has confirmed that a bug prevented Google from crawling for the AMP cache between November 11, 2021 and November 17, 2021. The error has now been fixed.
Google confirmed. “We noticed that the crawling for the AMP cache has slowed down for some websites,” a Google spokesman told Search Engine Land Impact Overall.
The topic. It seems that the problem only affected certain caches crawling for some websites. “We noticed that caches crawling slowed down for some sites. This bug has since been fixed and an internal analysis showed that it was not widespread and that there were no negative effects overall, ”said Mueller on Twitter.
Yes, we saw that crawling the caches slowed down for some websites. This bug has since been fixed and an internal analysis showed that it was not widespread and that there were no overall negative effects.
– 🧀 John 🧀 (@JohnMu) November 23, 2021
Notice first. Seolyzer’s Olivier Papon first spotted the problem and posted it on Twitter. He said it started at 6 p.m. (GMT) on November 11 and then crawling went back to normal on November 17 at 8 p.m. (GMT), he said in a follow-up tweet.
Here is the graph he shared showing the decline in crawling activity from the Googlebot:
Personally, I’ve found a number of sites to see declines in crawling in the Google Search Console crawl statistics report, but this didn’t seem to affect most of the sites that I verified access to in Search Console.
Why we care. If you’ve noticed problems with indexing new pages or old but updated pages that don’t reflect these changes in Google Search, this may be the reason. Google seems to have fixed the bug and everything should be fine in the future. Google said this was not widespread and “there was no overall negative impact”.
Hopefully your business and website were not affected by this error, but if so, you likely have no recourse.
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Barry Schwartz is an editor at Search Engine Land and a member of the programming team for SMX events. He owns RustyBrick, a New York-based web consulting firm. He also runs the Search Engine Roundtable, a popular search blog on very advanced SEM topics. Barry’s personal blog is called Cartoon Barry and can be followed here on Twitter.