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I recently registered a new domain, pointed it to my existing server, and set up a minimal page just saying "test" and nothing else.

I just discovered tonight that the page is already indexed in Google! There are no links to the site (I haven't even told anyone about the domain since I haven't done anything with it yet).

Is Google trawling WHOIS records or something?

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Are you sure you didn't do something that might automatically expose the URL in some way, like mention it in an e-mail to a list(that might get republished), browse directly from there to some other site that might have public logs or a referer widget, etc.? –  Su' Nov 21 '11 at 1:45
    
@Su not to my knowledge. I barely even visited the site after I threw up the test page. –  DisgruntledGoat Nov 21 '11 at 2:37
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They are a registrar. I don't see why they couldn't use it to find new sites to index.

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Ha, I love the paragraph in that article rumouring that they are making a web browser and operating system! Anyway, your answer seems logical - to be a registrar you must have full access to every domain that's been registered. –  DisgruntledGoat Nov 21 '11 at 2:45
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If you use Google Toolbar and have Page Rank info activated, it will inform Google about the page URL (in order to get the Page Rank number) and this can lead to your page getting indexed.

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Nope, don't use this, or anything similar. –  DisgruntledGoat Nov 21 '11 at 12:14
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