Phantom AMP page attached to site

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  • #158341

    michellepetersen76
    Member
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    Hi, downloaded the AMP Project contributors plugin and chose the 2018 theme. However, plugin updated yesterday 18/09/2020, and a phantom AMP page has attached itself to my home page in the search string ‘healthinnovations’ on google search. The search must be done on a mobile to exhibit the AMP pages.

    The AMP landing page is full of broken links, using the incorrect theme from 2020 and pages I haven’t built, and it looks absolutely awful. I have since deleted said plugin but the AMP phantom page with broken links, phantom pages, and the incorrect theme is still my landing page, having taken the place of my homepage.

    I’ve been in touch with WordPress all day but no joy, they can’t get rid of it.

    Can you help please?

    The blog I need help with is: health-innovations.org

    #158342

    binarymoon
    Theme Author

    Hi there – I don’t know much about this I’m afraid so I don’t think I can help.

    It’s my understanding that Google caches AMP pages on their servers. So I assume it’s going to stay there. I don’t know how long for – presumably the cache isn’t infinite so it will go away at some stage, but I don’t know when that will be.

    It’s probably worth asking on the AMP plugin support page for help:
    https://wordpress.org/support/plugin/amp/

    The people responding are the plugin contributors and most of them work for Google so they should have a much better idea of what’s happening.

    Ben

    #158343

    michellepetersen76
    Member
    Original poster

    Hi Ben,
    Thanks for getting back so quickly.

    Unfortunately, the support page is only for users of wordpress.org, not wordpress.com. There is absolutely no way to contact the AMP contributor project on the WP.com platform. I am however attempting to contact them on Github.

    Not very happy at the moment, it’s been horrendous trying to get any information about this issue.

    Michelle

    #158348

    michellepetersen76
    Member
    Original poster

    Hi Ben, had to join github to contact these guys, they were very quick to be fair.

    Here’s the answer for future reference.

    It appears you had the AMP plugin active with Reader mode selected and the Twenty Twenty chosen as the Reader theme.

    If the homepage specifically was not working properly, then you could have configured the plugin to only be active for singular blog posts:

    supported-templates

    As for why Google Search is still showing the AMP pages in search results, the reason is that the pages have been cached. Once they are recrawled then the AMP results will go away.

    You can ask Google to re-recrawl your site using the information provided here: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/6065812?hl=en


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    #158355

    binarymoon
    Theme Author

    Hi Michelle – thanks for letting me know the answer, and hopefully this sorts it out for you.

    Regarding the wordpress.org support forums, they are for anyone using WordPress. If you’re using a plugin from there then you can use the forums. WordPress.com forums will give you wordpress.com specific help, but WordPress.org is still available as well :)

    Anyway – glad you got it worked out!

    Ben

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