Floating IP, is it possible for Google to detect that both IP's are part of a single server?

Hi, DigitalOceaners, first time here asking a question. I am using a Digitalocean droplet to host two sites using the Floating IP feature (one of the domain pointed to the main IP and another one is pointed to the Floating IP). Now my concern is if Google could find that :( Is there any way Google can find that I’m using one server to host two sites? I am using Ubuntu 18.04 and Vhost.

Thanks :)

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If Google wanted to find out, they certainly could and will. But hosting multiple sites on the same IP has negligible impact on their ranking. The work you put into these sites’s content will eclipse the few points you could get from being or appearing to be on a dedicated IP.


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You can absolutely find out what sites are hosted on an IP. A secret trick is to use bing, it’s really good about it. That said, Google seems to consistently make it clear that they don’t care. It makes sense, they shouldn’t care about shared IPs in the age of IPv4 depletion. A penalty on everyone is a penalty on no one, and shared IPs account for too much of the internet.