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Dev Site was crawled-looks like real site-customer issues

Best way to let Google know "don't come back?"

   
11:58 pm on Mar 26, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I'm not sure if this is the correct place to post this.

I had a new site built on a dev server and used NOINDEX, NOFOLLOW and it worked. Google did not index.

I launched new site a month ago on a different host. I just discovered that since launch Google has been crawling the development server: mydomain.theirnamedev.net.

Now, a customer could click a SERP and think they're on my site but would not be able to purchase (among other messed up stuff).

What is the best way to tell Google not to index again and to remove the all the pages they already have crawled? -Thank you
12:25 am on Mar 27, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I would 301 redirect all those pages to the real site so that customers get to the right page and can start buying.

If you simply return 404 or 410 then you are blocking customers from making a purchase. Indeed, some might conclude the site has closed down.

Once Google no longer lists any of the dev site pages in the SERPs, I would put the dev site behind a .htpasswd access control. That's an action for close to the end of 2011.
1:10 am on Mar 27, 2011 (gmt 0)

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> That's an action for close to the end of 2011.

Not sure what you mean here.