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I host a site on mediatemple and for some reason google is showing the wrong url on the search results page. It's even stranger because the url looks like this: w.example.com. The url it shows is of another site I host on the same server but I have never had a subdomain for that site that was w.example.com

So far I have submitted a new sitemap to Google through webmasters and I've contacted media temple to help but they say it has nothing to do with them. This has happened before in a similar way.

The search term used was for the new site. So I searched for the company name. It brings up the correct result (shows all the info from the right website) but the url is for another site on my server that has no connection to the new site I've launched.

Very confusing, any help would be great!

  • Please edit to provide more information. What did you search for to get the wrong result? Does the incorrect site that appears in the results have the same content as your site? Links to your site and the search results would help. – Stephen Ostermiller Apr 5 '17 at 20:00
  • I understand some of this. Whenever a web server (Apache or IIS - not sure about the rest) gets a request for a site that is not configured, it shows the first site created. For some Apache installs, this would be a catch-all site. Not all Apache installs create a catch-all site and the first site created acts as a catch-all. I assume that w.example.com either resolved or the request packet was built so that the IP address was to your server. For a while, Google was checking for m.???.??? sites. Not sure why W though. Check for bad links external or internal. Cheers!! – closetnoc Apr 5 '17 at 21:13
  • @StephenOstermiller I've revised my question. – Matthew Carleton Apr 6 '17 at 13:38
  • @closetnoc ok, so are you saying bad links are the cause? There are none that I can see. The site is a very simple static one page so not a lot of room for error. – Matthew Carleton Apr 6 '17 at 13:39
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    You didn't clarify what happens when you browse to 'w.example.com'. Do you actually get the content? – Stephen Ostermiller Apr 6 '17 at 14:16

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