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Suddenly my IP address is showing up in Google serps.

     
8:32 pm on Nov 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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We have been back in Google's good graces for over a month now, and I think my main problem has been solved. But suddenly (noticed for the first time last week) I am seeing our site show up with the numerical IP and not the domain name. Should I be concerned? Is there a fix to this?
12:48 am on Nov 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Yes you should be concerned.

1. Immediately add this coding to your source code header.
<base href="http://www.domain.com"> putting in your domain name.

2. Sign up go Google Webmaster Tools andregister your domain. Then set up your preferred domain name.

My Ip number got indexed I believe it caused a duplicate filter. You need to take immediate action but it is probably too late.

10:52 pm on Nov 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I am signed up - I just noticed that preferred domain thing the other day... guess I will look into this further. Is using the base href tag common?
11:56 pm on Nov 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Yes it is common. Or if not used, can cause problems.

The reason I know is my national site got index by the IP number. This caused a filter and my site was hurt in the serps.

That is when I found out about it. All to every single page.

1:48 pm on Nov 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

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You can also set up a site-wide 301 redirect from the IP address to the domain name.

The redirect must preserve the folder and file structure of the requested URL too.

2:11 pm on Nov 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

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We had the same thing not long ago, we think it was a competitor linking to us that way to hurt us...we caught it FAST, thankfully, and now watch for anything of the sort.

We actually heard of some Chinese guy that was linking to IPs so as to boot sites out of Yahoo and then he would send an e-mail saying he did so...we checked ours and, sure enough, we had over 1,270 IP results in SERPs until we redirected them...be careful! Get them redirected, the fastrer the better!

 

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