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Someone at position technologies told me that it has to do with reverse dns zones, i.e. <theirs> was the same as ours. when you do a site:<www.mydomain.com> in google all you get is the main site, when you do an in progress indexing of the site, you get all pages we have on our site but somehow index as <othersite.org>, which tells me that google is still indexing us as <othersite.org>.
You also get two pages that link to <othersite.org> when you do a link:www.mydomain.com. Which is really bad considering we are linked to a lot more on the web from all sorts of sites and i have worked on us getting linked too =(.
Anyway, i have contacted the hosting service of <othersite.org> and they told me they'd call me back and they never did, i'm going to call again tomorrow, but does anyone have a solution to this problem, it's really bugging me and hurting any type of ranking progress for us in google.
(this post is tough to follow without putting our site name and the other site's name in).
Thanks a lot.
[edited by: Marcia at 6:21 am (utc) on Aug. 18, 2003]
Anyway, I would report it to Google and see what they say. The site: command should restrict the search to your domain, and it's not, so it's a legitimate thing for a bug report. I think firstname.lastname@example.org is the way to do it. Mention in the subject line that Morgan told you so. Kidding.
<edit>It looks like a Google "bug" so I would report it as suggested</edit>
We understand that your site, <domain> is being listed as the
result for <other domain.org>. This can occasionally happen if a webhost
serves us the wrong page when we crawl. So in this case, Google tried to
crawl the wrongdomain.org site and was served your site instead.
Once the listing is showing up in our search results, we can not manually
remove it. However, if the webhost fixes its setup so that it serves us
the correct page in the future, then this problem should fix itself within
a few weeks. We recommend you contact your webhost and ask them to make
sure that your page is not being served to requests for <wrong domain>.
However the problem with this is i don't control if they fix the setup, and the other problem is there are no pages on wrongdomain.org. So maybe it having no pages is preventing google from indexing our site again correctly?