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Did you intend to go to one of these similar Web addresses?

 6:54 pm on Oct 25, 2003 (gmt 0)

often, when you misspell a URL, in internet explorer, you are redirected to a page that asks, among other things, if you intended to go to another website with a similar name...

for example... type in slackdot.org, for example, and it will ask you if you meant slashdot.org.

my question is... how does one go about getting their own domain to appear when something similar is typed in?


jeremy goodrich

 6:59 pm on Oct 25, 2003 (gmt 0)

I'm sure that they use a spelling algorithm of some kind / in addition to tracking the outbound clicks as the various options are presented to hone the results presentation.


 7:15 pm on Oct 25, 2003 (gmt 0)

i'm sure they use some sort of spelling algorithim, but as for tracking the outbound clicks... how, then, could it ever add anything new, if it tracked it's own outbound clicks?

anyways, i don't think it's a case of it not being able to recognize my misspelling... i think that my site just isn't listed there, for whatever reason...

to give perhapes a better example...

when i type in www.slashdot into the address bar, i get an error saying that the server wasn't found, and then slashdot.org is given to me, as a possibility for what i meant. when i type in www.mysite i don't get www.mysite.com. if my misspelling just wasn't recognizable by the MSN Search thing, then why would the exact same type of misspelling work with www.slashdot?

jeremy goodrich

 7:43 pm on Oct 25, 2003 (gmt 0)

Statistical samping -> eg, tons of people have mistyped 'slashdot' or 'webmasterworld' etc.

However, few (if any aside from you ;) ) people have misspelled www.yoursiteurl-here.com

More than likely, this is the case.

>click tracking the outbound links

I said, "to hone the results presentation" in other words, to make the results display the more popular links - at the top of the stack. NOT as a mechanism to display new site suggestions. For that, see the 'statistical sampling' idea / given above.

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