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Erroneous url in Google.

My site appears listed with an erroneus %20subdomain.domain.com



10:57 am on Dec 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I have two sites with 90% different content:

I had in my apache Virtualhost settings a ServerAlias for erroneus subdomains in that domain, like this: "ServerAlias *.example.com"
It worked perfectly until I have found searching my keywords for "example.com" in Google this url: "%20subdomain.example.com" linked to "http://%20subdomain.example.com" in place of my domain.
If I search for example.com it didn't appears.

This url didn't match the true subdomain without "%20" and was showing the domain.com content (duplicate content).

If I try to delete this URL from Google the form refuses this url because with this "%20" or the space that it represent is reported how "Invalid URL".

I have removed the ServerAlias, but I can't imagine how Google has listed that erroneus URL.
I think the only thing I can do is to wait for a refresh in the index.

Sorry about my bad english.

[edited by: ciml at 11:26 am (utc) on Dec. 29, 2004]
[edit reason] Examplified [/edit]


3:23 pm on Dec 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

We had a thread on this recently.

The reason that URL is in the index is that someone has linked to a badly typed version of your URL.

Search in google for


And you'll see 8000 examples of this.

As to why your real domain is not there, that's much more serious...
Search through the archives here :-)


6:21 pm on Dec 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I think the domain.com is out of index for duplicate content because the ServerAlias in Apache was doing any erroneous subdomain to show the main domain.


6:55 pm on Jan 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

Turn off wilcard DNS


8:27 pm on Jan 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

"Turn off wilcard DNS "

how? I use webmin and on the BIND it says wildcard off but it still on. Any idea?


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