I have a VPS with multiple sites all using 1 shared IP.
I also have a dedicated IP I can assign to 1 site.
I have development (DEV) and production (PROD) environments for each site.
I avoid duplicate content and other negative affects on SEO by pointing the canonicals on the DEV env pages to the equivalent PROD env urls.
I have 2 sites (SITE-A and SITE-B) that have similar content. (each with a respective DEV and PROD env).
I plan to use the dedicated IP for
- SITE-B PROD (dedicated IP)
This is to create-distance/disassociate from the similar content on SITE-A
Which leaves the following environments on the shared IP:
- SITE-A PROD (shared IP)
- SITE-A DEV (shared IP)
- SITE-B DEV (shared IP)
SITE-A DEV canonicals point to SITE-A PROD, I know this works as I've had this configured this way for a long time and it works as intended.
SITE-B canonicals (shared IP) point to SITE-B prod on the dedicated IP
I assume google will follow the canonicals which effectively will lead to it only seeing:
SITE-A PROD (shared IP)
SITE-B PROD (dedicated IP)
...but is there a possibility of Google seeing SITE-B DEV content on the same IP as SITE-A PROD and therefor risking duplicate content or other negative effects?