Is Google confused by host headers?

  • CMCwebie
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Post 3+ Months Ago

I recently moved http://www.TorqueSystems.com from hosting company A to hosting company B.

Hosting company B also hosts another one of my sites http://www.CMCcontrols.com which resolves to a unique IP address. The TorqueSystems site was setup with a host header and it uses the same IP as CMCcontrols.

Prior to the move, my Google position for the terms "torque systems" was #2 and the link went to TorqueSystems.com. Since the move, the same search returns the same #2 position, but the link now points to CMCcontrols.com. WHY?

Before the site went live (on hosting company B) it underwent a complete redesign (with SEO in mind) to remove dynamic content. Only the homepage has been indexed by GoogleBot though it has been crawled many times. WHY?[/url]
  • madmonk
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Welcome to Ozzu!
It sure looks like your hosting company B has stuffed up. even if both sites have the same IP address, it shouldnt redirect to the same site.
You should feedback your hosting company B about it. :-)
  • Jess
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Post 3+ Months Ago

madmonk wrote:
Welcome to Ozzu!
It sure looks like your hosting company B has stuffed up. even if both sites have the same IP address, it shouldnt redirect to the same site.
You should feedback your hosting company B about it. :-)


Absolutely - Your hosting company has messed up here.
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Host Header's had nothing to due with the problem. Here's what really happened.

1) I messed up by following recommendations on http://www.w3.org/International/O-HTTP-charset which directed me to setup my server to send the HTTP charset versus providing this info as META info in each file.

I found this was a problem because my log files recorded a 406 error each time Googlebot visited. This means that my server and G couldn't agree on a language and stopped talking to each other.

2) As a result, Google dropped me from their index and the next best search result was - coincidentally - my other site. This made it appear to me that G was redirecting from one site to the other when in reality, the primary site had been dropped altogether.

3) The problem was fixed by removing the charset info from HEADER/MIME type and including it in each file’s META tag. G has now re-crawled my site and positioned it again in position #1 where it should have been All is well!

Was my mistake common for beginners? I hope so because I feel like a real heel.
  • rtchar
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Post 3+ Months Ago

I use host headers on my shared server and never had a problem.

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Was my mistake common for beginners?


Yes this is quite common for beginners --- over think, over react, over do ---

Stick with the simplest solution ... get your message across.

Remember search engine robots are designed for speed not intelligence!

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