Hat tip to Jaan Kanellis, but I discovered today, through his blog, that Bing can tell you who else shares your IP address. That’s pretty cool.
Go to http://www.bing.com/search?q=ip: and enter your website’s IP address. Or just head to Bing and type ip: into the search box followed by your website’s IP address. You’ll get a list of sites that share your IP address.
Why would you want to do that?
Well, for starters, if you’re on shared hosting then you’ll want to know if someone else is using your IP address, particularly if the other person is a spammer or has a bad reputation for one thing or another. If someone has had a site banned from Google or they’ve been flagged with malware then that could reflect on you. You don’t want someone else’s reputation rubbing off on you. And you can prevent that in a number of ways.
If you find that someone with a seedy reputation is sharing your IP address, write your host and ask to be moved. If they refuse to do so, change hosts. You might have to request a dedicated server and if that is the case then it will cost more, but it may be worth it to save your reputation.
At any rate, Bing can tell you who shares your IP address. That’s pretty cool.