A week ago we reported that the info command changed and we were unsure if it was a bug or a change on purpose. Well, Google confirmed with me this week that it was intentional, they decided to drop the additional informational links under the first snippet that has been part of the info command for countless years.
Here is the before shot:
Now, it just shows the snippet and white space below it:
This removed the following links:
Show Google cache
Find web pages similar to…
Find web pages that link to…
Find pages from the site…
Find web pages that contain the term…
Why did Google remove it? It is unclear and some SEOs are not happy about it.
IMO the hard part is interpreting the output, not entering “cache:” in front of a URL.
— John ☆.o(≧▽≦)o.☆ (@JohnMu) November 9, 2017
But others, such as the moderator at WebmasterWorld is happy Google removed them. He said “I know these resources were useful for many reasons, but personally, I’m glad they’re gone.”
Personally, I don’t care either way.
Forum discussion at Twitter and WebmasterWorld.