Ladies and Gents,
I have an application on a server... it's the main website. Then I have a mirror application on another server... it's our testing grounds. back in the hay-day it didn't matter, we kept both active... We had the set-up on two servers so that we could bounce users from one server (in texas) to the other server (in Washington) when traffic got heavy. At the time the application would slow down when there was a lot of traffic. Anyway it never really worked... round-robining as I guess it's called is extremely complicated and good people couldn't/didn't feel like figuring it out and it was less expensive for us to just fix the application so that it didn't slow down with lots of traffic.
Anyway, we kept the other server and the mirror site... as a testing ground. We no-indexed all the pages. My question is, when I do a search for the bck01.site-name.com, even though we no-indexed/nofollowed everything a year ago... I'm still finding some results.
As we were SLAMMED down by the Panda, I'm wondering if perhaps Google is ignoring the noindex and treating this bck01.site-name.com as duplicate content and penalizing us for it.
Here is the code: <META NAME="ROBOTS" CONTENT="NOINDEX,NOFOLLOW">
anybody have any thoughts on why Google would ignore the noindex and index the pages anyway? Does anybody have any insight as to whether or not Google would treat the mirror site as duplicate content? Are there better solutions to using a testing server/site for big site changes?