joined:Dec 2, 2003
purely by chance, last night I discovered google has indexed our dev mirror of our live site on our dyndns domain. Serves me right for thinking google will never discover it by itself.
As soon as I have realised this i have implemented a 301 rule in dev server's htaccess, to redirect every single page to its counterpart on the live site. I've also added the dev site to our webmaster tools, so I could potentially ask for a removal if need be.
my question is what are the next steps? Should I:
a. leave everything as is, just 301 and hope for google to remove the dev domain from the index
b. additionaly add noindex & nofollow metatag
c. additionaly ask for a removal of the whole site through webmaster tools
d. all of the above?
also im wondering how did the crawler find this dev IP? Im pretty sure there are no backlinks to it, the only possibility i can think of is google using its tracking data (from office users accessing the dev box through their browsers) to harvest these IPs and then crawl them? what gives?
also, funny thing is it seems our rankings havent been affected, dev box was live for the last few months, if i pull up google analytics data our organic traffic has been on a steady upward curve in the last year.
Another funny thing (its only funny becuase i would be crying right now had I discovered our rankings on a downward curve) is that now we rank page one for some high value keywords, and i can also see the dev domain on page 1 too!