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Has anybody seen something like this before? I didn't find an example on google.com. Is Google may be testing a new algorythm?
Or have I missed something?
If you have some (or even just one) inbound link(s) with the anchor text "filesharing" allthough your title is "file sharing" that's enough to be found if someone searches for "filesharing" ...
It appears that there is no general scheme behind it. A search for 'websitedesign' finds 'website design' and 'web site design'. A search for 'searchengineoptimization' finds nothing but that term. But a search for 'searchengine' also finds 'search engine'.
Generally, it appears that only terms which are actually searched by users are splitted. If you merge words that don't make sense this way like 'domake' or 'haveget', you receive the "did you mean..." message but not the correct spelling in the SERP.
Since queries are splitted but not merged, it may have a major impact on SEO in german speaking countries. Now, splitting terms certainly has some advantages and having different pages for both versions like I always did it, is rather unfavorable because PR and anchor text of inbound links is split up between two pages. Looks like a little work to do...
- Filesharing is wrong - should be File Sharing
- Webdesign is wrong - should be Web design
If google thinks (or knows) that a searched word is misspelled (allthough there are results), it prob does another search for the correct spelling and then adds these results to the "misspelled set".
But is this just the beginning of an advanced change in Google? Are they going to merge the results of similar words and their different ways of spelling, like "Optimization" and "Optimisation", since both ways are correct somewhere and certainly some are confused and spell it wrong.
Is Google going to recognize the parts of a domain name that are not separated with a hyphen? You can't use a space and there is no spelling rule that tells you to set a hyphen instead (and many don't do!). Is there a difference in quality of my-domain.com and mydomain.com? I don't think so. And isn't Google trying to list the results according to their relevance? Well I think there are going to be more changes sooner or later. At least there is a lot of potencial for improving!
What do you think?
Why can't Google derive at least some "word splits"
within a character string (such as a multiworddomainname.com)
from the link text part of a link that's visible to a viewer
or from text surrounding a link?
Maybe figure the ratio of occurance of "filesharing" to
"file sharing" in the link text and figuring the probability
that filesharing actually is two words, not one. Seems an
algo along this line would be fairly accurate. Especially
when filesharing isn't a dictionary word nor encountered
that often compared to "file" and "sharing" both being in
a dictionary and often appearing in order -- and when
related to the theme of the page.
If, within the link text, the same string of (non space)
letters appear -- but with spaces between some letters --
that might indicate a high probability that a string of
characters like "filesharing" in a domain name should really be
"file sharing" if that's what is in some (at least) link text,
surrounding text, or some other on page factor/occurance of
Just some random thoughts I had awhile back when reading
the discussion here about and looking at the links to
emptywebsite.com as the #1 result for a search on Google
for "empty website". However, I'm too much of a newbie to
feel too confident in any such "insights/suspicions" I have
as I begin learning about SEO, thus didn't post about it on
that thread. Hope the above has some value to this discussion.
By the way: it is interesting that Google suggests "Optimization" when you spell it with s, but it does not suggest anything when you spell it with z
Not really surprising: "optimization" returns 3.4 millions hits; "optimisation" returns only 838,000. As far as the logic in the software is concerned, that makes it more likely that the latter is a spelling error, or at least that you'd want to look at results for the much more common term.
It only seems to go one way.
For "file sharing" Google will pick up "file sharing" and "file-sharing." But for "filesharing" it picks up all three variations.
With the German language propensity to bung words together you would think Google would be consistent.
google will ask
"did you mean file sharing"
so maybe the suggestion has something to with it...
no, it still suggests the same when splitting up
Not really surprising: "optimization" returns 3.4 millions hits; "optimisation" returns only 838,000.
sounds logical, but I've seen Google suggest words returning *less* results. Perhaps it checks for number of queries?
On my site I never ( never never ) spell it "City Bike". Now suddenly I rank Top for "City Bike" also and "Citybike" is highlighted in the search results. Definitely new feature.
Ex Ce Lent for Everyone I think. Helps the user to find the right product, no matter if he decides to spell it in one or two words.