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Well to my surprise when I made the site live, I was seeing the pages access as "pornsite/mypages.htm". I thought what the heck! I started investigating and low and behold my IP address was resolving to this porn site domain. I called our webhost and they said that we would have to contact the registrar of that domain and get it straighted out. So I did, initially I recieved no response, so I sent it again and they came back and said there was nothing wrong and that the domain was going to expire on 05/22/03 and there shouldn't be a problem. NOT!
It's been over a month now and the searh engines have indexed the site under the porn domain and when you access the pages you get a DNS error. What can I do about this. Anybody have any ideas, I am at a loss!
I suggest if you have access to the configuration for your web server that you do a similar thing. If you don't want to serve a redirect (quite possible given that an old porn domain has got your IP) then look at virtual hosting, set-up a virtual host for the porn domain and just serve 404.
Trying to contact anyone to do anything about this sort of thing is fruitless. Email the technical contact at the whois record for the porn domain, tell 'em to delete any address records for the porn domain, and if that doesn't fix it nothing will.
[edited by: dmorison at 1:46 pm (utc) on June 13, 2003]
I just wanted them to check and see if there was anyway to fix the actual url path.
Now everybody has that path..... and they get absolutely nothing in return.
This is really a bummer!
I also thought about having the IP changed, which I still may due because the problem is just not going away.
Anybody have opinions on changing the IP?
Server type; do you have access to config files?
You can do something about it, but it will take time for Google to come around automatically.
I doubt there is anything they can do because it could be abused by people trying to get competitors sites taken out of the index.
Can you benefit from the traffic for the porn site in anyway?
The domain is not mine to redirect.
The IP address is yours to do what you want with - not your fault that porndomain.com resolves to your IP.
What if somebody else want's to buy that domain. They'll have the same problem I am having, their site would be continously pulling my site because of the redirect I've placed.
Agreed that they will have Google indexing your site at first, but that is happening all the time now as domains are expiring and new owners are buying them up.
A new owner coming along would sort out the resolution problem however, because the registrar would _have_ to set-up the record for the new owner, and that would almost certainly be provided by a different ISP and therefore DNS server(s).
[edited by: dmorison at 1:59 pm (utc) on June 13, 2003]
The only "problem" now is that the site has got indexed under porndomain.com.
How does the listing rank for the keywords that people might use to find your site?
If it ranks highly you're onto a winner, because unless you're in the world's least competitive market it is going to take you a while to get your new site to Page 1 of the search results anyway.
I called our webhost and they said that we would have to contact the registrar of that domain and get it straighted out.
This is BS - if you have the domain with the name servers correctly listed - it is the hosts fault.
I have had this happen dozens of times with at least three different hosts.
EVERY time it is the hosts fault.
Sticky me the domain if you'd like.
I'd bet $10 that a tracert will end up at your host - or whoever you have as the dns.
Pornosite no longer resolves - so it shouldn't be the problem the next time googlebot comes around.
Google wasn't indexing his site incorrectly - they were indexing the porno site incorrectly (which was either their fault for caching the DNS too long - or the hosts).
I have had hosts mess this up many times (unfortuantely). I can't say for sure who messed it up - but it wasn't the registrar. Most of the time I have seen this happen it is the host.
I have a site right now (hoepfully it is fixed by now) if you go to the site - someone elses pages show up. This is because the moronic people I paid $$$$ for my host can't figure out how to set up their DNS records.
Basically the host sets up two domains to go to the same IP address. The registrar doesn't keep track of your IP - it keeps track of your hosts DNS computer. Apparently you have to be a rocket scientist to set these up - as I keep getting hosts who have my domains go to other people pages.
It usually only takes someone a second to fix it, but someone has already fixed it - if it was the hosts fault. So it should be fine when googlebot comes around.