Turn off your development server after you've completed testing features on your Web site, warns Andrew Shotland. "If your test environment gets crawled and the pages get indexed you can suddenly have a duplicate of your entire site competing with your live site and your rankings are guaranteed to go any direction except up," he writes.
There are a host of other bad things that could happen, too, if you forget to turn off your test server. But while Shotland doesn't provide advice on ways to recover, Keri Morgret, who posts in the comment section, does.
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