So says Google’s Search Advocate, John Mueller, in the latest installment of the Ask Googlebot video series on YouTube.
The question reads as follows:
“The cached version of React pages shows a blank page. What parameters should be taken into account when coding React pages with SSR to make them compatible with Googlebot? »
A cached page is a snapshot of what the URL looked like the last time it was crawled by Googlebot.
When a cached page appears empty or has missing content, it’s natural to suspect that Googlebot has encountered a problem while crawling. But it’s not always the case.
As Mueller explains, Google’s cache only captures the HTML elements of a page.
Google cache only shows HTML
Not from a technical point of view, but rather from a security point of view.
“Google Search sometimes keeps a copy of the HTML page pulled from a server and shows it to users as a cached page. It is, however, really just the HTML page.
While an empty page in Google’s cache can be daunting, what really matters for search is how the page is indexed.
For a more accurate picture of how Google views your web pages, use the URL Inspection tool in Search Console.
Featured image: YouTube.com/GoogleSearchCentral, April 2022.