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Adding a keyword to Google "Did you mean"
spenland949




msg:772638
 10:49 pm on Jul 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

Hello, I have a question for all of you. Have you ever noticed the "Did you mean" link that appears in red when you type a keyword into google? I was wondering if there is any way to submit a keyword to Google so that it will not display a "Did you mean" in the search results. There is another company out there that has a name very similar to ours that is only one letter different. I feel like I may be losing customers because of it. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks

 

BeeDeeDubbleU




msg:772639
 12:48 pm on Jul 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

"Did you mean" is a Google function controlled by the algo or whatever so AFAIK you cannot stop this from occuring.

Woz




msg:772640
 12:57 pm on Jul 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

If memory serves, I believe Googleguy said some time ago that a request could be made for changes to the "did you mean" algo. Have a search through some of the old threads and you should find it.

Onya
Woz

spenland949




msg:772641
 4:19 pm on Jul 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

Thanks guys, I've contacted Google and requested that my website be added to the algorithm so that that text will stop appearing.

irubin




msg:772642
 12:49 am on Aug 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

can you guys post the google URL?

spenland949




msg:772643
 3:11 pm on Aug 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

This is the response I got from google when I emailed them about the algo:

Thank you for your note. Google uses spell checking software to check queries against the most common spelling of each word. When we calculate a greater number of relevant search results with an alternative spelling, you'll see "Did you mean: (more common spelling)" at the top of your search results page.

For example, a search for [ Google bot ] returns approximately 1,620,000 search results. At the top of the search results page, you'll see "Did you mean: Googlebot." Clicking on "Googlebot," the correct spelling of our web crawler, yields a search with nearly a million more results.

Please note that our spell check feature is completely automated, and we cannot make manual changes to individual suggestions.

Regards,
The Google Team

I still think this sucks. They should be able to add a function to there algo to ignore certain words. Thanks again google.

stuartc1




msg:772644
 3:20 pm on Aug 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

Looks like your only alternative is to get your name out on lots of sites and have it in as many link anchor text as possible - so that the results for your name are higher than the results for your competitor! Hope your name is not a common work found in the dictionary or you will have a very large job ahead!

Fighting Falcon




msg:772645
 4:36 pm on Aug 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

A similar problem existed on our site..it actually gave our competitor's name as an alternative......... :)

The problem seemed to sort itself after a while .

spenland949




msg:772646
 4:58 pm on Aug 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

Yeah it's just going to take a lot of hard work getting our name out there. Thanks to all of you for your advice.

moftary




msg:772647
 6:14 pm on Aug 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

Not even that would make your out of the dictionary name included. I used to have thousands of incoming links from high authority websites and still "Did you mean?". I contacted them but nothing. The weird thing is that some out of dictionary names are interpretted well (ikobo, for an example). But that maybe a cuincidence or maybe it's not a dictionary thing.

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