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Can rel=”canonical” index my hostname and not my IP address?

Monday, May 9th, 2011 Mattcutts Video Transcript

A smart question from Sweden, Anders has asked “Will the new canonical tag help with issues where you by accident (stupid editors linking to wrong addresses) have indexed sites by IP address rather than hostname?”

I’ll have to double check, but that’s the sort of thing that you’ll be liked to able to do. You’d like to take that IP address and put that over to the hostname. Now that I’m thinking aloud, we might consider the     IP address different than the hostname, so we’ll have to confirm on that. But I don’t think it would hurt to go ahead and have that. And ideally that is the sort of thing where you don’t want your IP address to show up, you want your hostname or domain name to show up instead. So I think that would be a nice thing to do. I’m not sure whether we supported for IP addresses yet but I’ll ask Yalcom, the guy that wrote and did the heavy lifting on this code and see what happens.

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