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Multiple Content And Ip Based Virtual Hosting With Apache


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#1 pli

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 09:05 PM

I have a question regarding multiple content and IP based virtual hosting with apache. We are not trying to 'trick' google in any way, to the contrary we want to ensure that we serve unique content and are concerned that our particular setup MAY appear to google as duplicate content.

A requirement is that we need to manage about 20 unique sites with the same CMS using the same database. The setup is a bit complex so I'll try my best to outline it clearly below.

We have multiple IPs and each IP is bound to a unique domain name. All these IP's point to the same DocumentRoot. So if you visit:

default_site.com -> xxx.xxx.xxx.50 -> /~mysite
branch1.com -> xxx.xxx.xxx.61 -> /~mysite
branch2.com -> xxx.xxx.xxx.62 -> /~mysite
etc...

Our CMS sits in /~mysite and serves up different content depending on the domain name. So if you visit:

branch1.com -> "unique content for branch 1"
branch2.com -> "altogether different content for branch 2"
etc...

BUT this behaviour depends entirely on string matching the domain name. If you visit the different IPs by typing directly into the address bar we get the following behaviour:

xxx.xxx.xxx.50 -> "default content for the main site"
xxx.xxx.xxx.61 -> "default content for the main site"
xxx.xxx.xxx.62 -> "default content for the main site"
etc...

We are concerned that google may see this as duplicate content and this will hurt our rankings.

Do you think that if google only uses domain names (rather than IPs) to index sites, we should be okay?

We would welcome any thoughts on this.

cheers
Peter

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Posted 18 May 2009 - 06:00 AM

You should be fine Peter.

I've seen no evidence to suggest that Googlebot or any of the rest visit by the IP number. Instead going to the domain name. Which makes complete sense with the popularity of virtual hosting.

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Posted 18 May 2009 - 03:29 PM

QUOTE(Randy @ May 18 2009, 11:00 PM) View Post
You should be fine Peter.

I've seen no evidence to suggest that Googlebot or any of the rest visit by the IP number. Instead going to the domain name. Which makes complete sense with the popularity of virtual hosting.


Thank you Randy. Very reassuring responce. Thanks so much

Peter




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