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Using Ip Address Instead Of Domain Name


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#1 JSH

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Posted 08 August 2003 - 11:56 AM

Does anyone know if search engines will index pages that are only referenced by IP address? For instance, I would like to have my pages seen as 123.45.678.901/mypage.html instead of www.mydomain.com/mypage.html. I plan to use Inktomi paid inclusion and build links to the new site using just the IP address.

#2 Thanol

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Posted 08 August 2003 - 12:39 PM

Why would you use an IP address over a domain name?

And Google does index IP addresses. My school for example only has an IP address and it's included in Google. I'm not sure if Inktomi does though.

#3 JSH

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Posted 08 August 2003 - 12:54 PM

I want to use an IP instead of a name because I am the ultimate cheapskate and don't want to pay for hosting and a domain name.

My plan is to store the personal pages on the server where I'm currently paying to have a business site hosted. However, I don't want the company name to be associated with the personal pages.

Does anyone know if Inktomi/MSN will display IP addresses in their results?

Thanol, Thanks for the confirmation regarding Google and IP addresses.

#4 Scottie

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Posted 08 August 2003 - 02:48 PM

You can get a domain name for $7.95 at www.godaddy.com. You can get hosting at www.lenzmultimedia.com for about $49 a year.

It's worth it!

#5 JSH

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Posted 08 August 2003 - 03:18 PM

Scottie, thanks for the good reference once again. Unfortunately, I forgot to mention that I want to use ASP and an Access database. Can you recommend any super-cheap sources for those services?

#6 Jill

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Posted 08 August 2003 - 03:52 PM

Even if you use an IP, you still have to pay for hosting, right? So all you're saving is the few bucks for a domain name? Doesn't really seem worth it to me. Who wants to visit a site that's just an ip address? Something kinda creepy about that to me.

That said, I don't think the engines have a problem with it. It just seems kinda silly though.

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#7 JSH

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Posted 08 August 2003 - 07:30 PM

Even if you use an IP, you still have to pay for hosting, right?

No, that's the whole point behind using the IP address. I already pay for hosting of my business site, so I will upload and have my pages served from there. I just don't want the business domain name to be associated with my personal pages (and vice versa).

#8 market seeker

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Posted 08 August 2003 - 08:00 PM

I want to use an IP instead of a name because I am the ultimate cheapskate and don't want to pay for hosting and a domain name.

What if you could get a free domain name with your hosting account that would include everything you could want for say $70 a year. Would that help?

I might know someone that could do this.

Is this inappropriate mods

#9 Scottie

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Posted 08 August 2003 - 08:19 PM

Always appropriate to help someone out, market seeker! :thumbup:

#10 Ron Carnell

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Posted 08 August 2003 - 09:09 PM

I just don't want the business domain name to be associated with my personal pages (and vice versa).

Using the IP will disassociate the two from casual observers, but you should probably be aware of how easy it will be for anyone with the desire to tie the two together. The domain name, after all, is nothing but a thinly veiled alias for the IP. Not sure of your intent, but thought you should know ...

#11 Mel

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Posted 09 August 2003 - 10:49 PM

While I believe this might work you should look into some of the problems you may have to solve.

If someone types in just the IP address without the page reference it will take them to the index page of your business site.

I would assume that your personal pages would be indexed by Google as a part of you business site, since they both have the same IP address and are not otherwise differentiated, so if your personal pages are not linked from your business pages might be considered doorway pages.

#12 Peter

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Posted 09 August 2003 - 11:10 PM

JSH,

If you do everything as cheap as possible, the search engines will notice this too.

Which sites get the higher rankings you think? ;)

Peter

#13 brianjulkunen

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Posted 11 August 2003 - 12:12 PM

having your keyword in your domain name can help give you a boost in the SERPS, and for 7.95 at godaddy.com it is definately worth it from and SEO standpoint (use hyphens like "buy-widgets.com" not "buywidgets.com" to get the desired affect)

#14 JSH

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Posted 14 August 2003 - 05:50 PM

Thanks for all of the input. You guys have brought up several good issues that I hadn't considered.

MarketSeeker, where can I find this inexpensive hosting service?

Thanks!

#15 Ducani

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Posted 14 August 2003 - 06:47 PM

You can get hosted by a budget host for little or nothing and with domain names for $7.-- you can get all you need pretty cheap. You could also look into being a hosting reseller.

Eg. You become a reseller and pay lets say $30/month.
If you know a couple people that want websites you can host say 3 additional sites for $10/month and break even. Free quality hosting.

Hope that helps.




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