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9:55 pm on Oct 19, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Looking at logs, it seems that most of my AOL traffic comes from keywords typed together, without spaces.

Just wanted to point this out.

I'm off to optimize a few sites like this for Google.

11:41 pm on Oct 19, 2002 (gmt 0)

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This could be from AOL users typing a domain into the SEARCH block instead of the URL block.

Or possibly users typing a domain in the URL or SEARCH block and leaving off the .com

6:49 am on Oct 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the tip 2_much. I found at least one keyword that is so good that I am considering targeting it. I just have trouble finding acceptable ways to include bluewidget when it should be blue widget.

I wonder if AOL will ever start to include “did you mean” blue widget when people type bluewidget like Google and others do. After all, the AOL users could probably use a bit more help than the Google searchers.

7:06 am on Oct 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I accidentally typed a run-on into Google yesterday, and that smart little engine told me it was going to split my words...didn't even give me a choice. But it's clear from my logs that many SEs have the linguistics programming to handle this, whether they inform the user or not.

Makes me wonder what will happen with intentionally optimized run-ons. One way to get them in a page without looking too weird is to use "CamelCase".