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    Bad news for misspelled domains

    In matt cutts recent post he is explaining some changes that took place at google.

    One of those changes is that if you type in a misspelled word in google, it will show the top 2 results of the correct spelling before showing the rest of the misspelled results.

    However, misspelled domains that are targeted at type-in traffic will still be just as valuable.

    See article here: What was new at Searchology?

    Anyone owns any misspelled domains? What do you'll think about this change?

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    Google has mainly done this to improve search results and as a visitor this is a good feature. I am sure the misspelled domains will have a dip in traffic but as you said the type-in traffic will continue.
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    Actually, I believe it's at good thing for people that target the right keywords, this new feature will mostly be bad to spammers and to people that intentionnally use spelling mistakes to rank higher.

    Yes, it might hurt some sites and companies, such as IPODD (from the example the article), but only a small percentage of the searches will be for that kind of websites (and it stills ranks #4).

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    Good system change. But in case a company/people who make site name which not mispelled but like mispelled because their want to make it, it will be bad. In order to solve this problem, their may contact google.

    Actually if people make mispelled word, google already have a system like this :

    If people type cta when typing cat

    do you mean cat ?

    But with this system, will google still shown that system?

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    Quote Originally Posted by akira07 View Post
    Actually if people make mispelled word, google already have a system like this :

    If people type cta when typing cat

    do you mean cat ?

    But with this system, will google still shown that system?
    Yes, scroll down the page (on Brandon's link) and you'll see how it looks like.

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    Oh, i'm already see it and i think it's not too annoying since google only list 1-3 suggestion. This is OK, but not too usefull because mispelled case is not too many.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nic SEO View Post
    Actually, I believe it's at good thing for people that target the right keywords, this new feature will mostly be bad to spammers and to people that intentionnally use spelling mistakes to rank higher.

    Yes, it might hurt some sites and companies, such as IPODD (from the example the article), but only a small percentage of the searches will be for that kind of websites (and it stills ranks #4).
    I must agree strongly with the first paragraph of this. It seems that Google have been relatively easy to trick for quite a long time, and this will hopefully reduce the amount of people/spammers using different sneaky tactics to rank higher.

    What would be good is if they had some sort of system where the site owners of sites like IPLODD could send a note to Google, and the employees could make exceptions. Not always ideal as it *might* upset the whole SERP system, but it means sites such as IPLODD don't miss out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
    What would be good is if they had some sort of system where the site owners of sites like IPLODD could send a note to Google, and the employees could make exceptions. Not always ideal as it *might* upset the whole SERP system, but it means sites such as IPLODD don't miss out.
    Imagine the number of queries they would get! This would be hardly possible to do, at least for a couple of humans, considering the number of sites that would apply to that.

    Sometimes Google has to make choice for the greater good.. This is a perfect example.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nic SEO View Post
    Imagine the number of queries they would get! This would be hardly possible to do, at least for a couple of humans, considering the number of sites that would apply to that.

    Sometimes Google has to make choice for the greater good.. This is a perfect example.
    Hmm, to be honest, hiring a few extra people to do that job would be money well spent in my opinion. Yes, lots of people will apply to get their sites changed in the ranking, but at the end of the day you have to remember Google want to make their SE as good as possible, and with IPOD ranking higher than IPODD even when you search for the latter, that's not good enough.

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    I just try this google new system and i find it's worked. But for some word, i think it's depend on availability of the misspelled word. If the "suspected" misspelled word is a lot, google will not reference you and shown a suggestion.

    For example, "cta" is suspected misspelled word of cat, right?
    But google not shown any suggestion.
    It's because CTA word availability is so many (7,29 million result)

    The same case when we try to search FAT, using misspelled word FTA...

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