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1:18 am on Jan 25, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Hi,

I have a a shared hosting account in which I share one IP address among several websites. No other site is using this IP except my sites (that's how this host does it, each shared account gets one IP). One website is selected as a main one, and rest as those that share the IP.

Earlier this month I moved two websites from another account (same host). These two are linking to each other as they are related (call them Site1 and Site2).

As I was going through WMT today (for the main IP carrier site, call it example.com), I saw bunch of links reported from many unrelated sites, even though no real linking exists. I checked it with the online tool that reports all of the URLs on a page.

Interesting part is that all links are reported as Via this intermediate link: Site1 or Site2

So, being that these sites are sharing the same IP, there's something about it, DNS related maybe?

Without just going and getting another IP to separate this further, what steps should I perform in order to figure this out?

Thank you
4:45 am on Jan 25, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Good question

First, I'm unfamiliar with that indication [via this intermediate link.]

But shared hosting typically puts many (sometimes thousands) of accounts on a single IP which has never caused any issues with Google indexing.

Also know that a report is not an issue, it's just a report from a tool... and GSC (WMT) is known for giving ambiguous reports.
5:10 am on Jan 25, 2018 (gmt 0)

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I'm unfamiliar with that indication
Happy you. At its best, it means that A links to B which redirects to C, so B is the "intermediate link". At worst, the whole thing is simply a figment of G###'s fevered imagination.* In the case of the present post, I think it's a temporary hiccup caused by the IP change, and it will sort itself out without any action on your part.


* Like this [webmasterworld.com], for example, leading to this [webmasterworld.com].
5:25 am on Jan 25, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Well yeah... I can assume what Google means by it. :)

I'm unfamiliar with that report because I've hosted many domains on the same IP at shared hosting companies and have never seen that report before and never had issues with those sites being indexed.
 

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