My spider watching script sent me an email this morning that Googlebot visited with a new IP:
Arin.Net shows this for the new IP:
OrgName: Cable & Wireless
Which leads me to believe it's a competitor checking to see if I'm stupid enough to cloak by user_agent.
BUT, and here's the wierd part...
When I search for a legitmate Googlebot IP, like:
Cable & Wireless SC3-1 (NET-64-68-64-0-1)
18.104.22.168 - 22.214.171.124
Google Inc. EC12-1-GOOGLE (NET-64-68-80-0-1)
126.96.36.199 - 188.8.131.52
Does Google buy bandwidth from Cable & Wireless?
Or what the heck is the deal?
I don't want to miss any Googlebot IPs, but I also don't want to add a bogus IP to my database that let's imposters seew what we're doing.
Ideas from people smarter than I am?
PS: While Googlebot (the real one) usually grabs my robots.txt file and then my homepage
this new spider grabbed my robots.txt file and then one other page, but not my homepage ("/").