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8:03 pm on Mar 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Getting hits from a South African IP posing as the big G. So far it seems benign. But why would the same webpage be 4 different byte sizes?

168.209.97.34 - - [13/Mar/2005:00:06:56 -0800] "GET / HTTP/1.1" 200 11059 "-" "Googlebot/2.1"
168.209.97.34 - - [13/Mar/2005:00:09:37 -0800] "GET / HTTP/1.1" 200 10883 "-" "Googlebot/2.1"
168.209.97.34 - - [13/Mar/2005:00:10:21 -0800] "GET / HTTP/1.1" 200 10954 "-" "Googlebot/2.1"
168.209.97.34 - - [13/Mar/2005:00:10:42 -0800] "GET / HTTP/1.1" 200 10891 "-" "Googlebot/2.1"

4:15 pm on Mar 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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if that were my site, i'd say that they are different sizes due to a few parts of the page being dynamicly generated ;)
4:29 pm on Mar 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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You probably don't want to post full IP addresses here.

When I read the subject I though "Hey, that's me!". I often impose as Googlebot, just to check if a site delivers different content. Usually when I found unexplicable good ranking results on otherwise plain vanilla pages. I see nothing wrong in it, especially since the real clever cloakers do it based on the IP and not on the user agent.