Suppose we have stored a YouTube link in our favorites or folder, without anything to identify what the link might have been, as the link at YouTube has now removed/unavailable after some unknown period of time.

Is there a (slim) chance a search bot will later detect any text associated with the vid to help identify what it was?

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The method below may not be reliable if the youtube urls are re-used:

Tried separating two components of the link as such:

youtube identifier

and pasting them in a browser searchbox.

Was lucky in a particular instance with this removed link- only because it was directly siphoned off elsewhere (but still unusable). But most common browsers will remove matching text- the Deep Web may handle it differently.

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