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Google results assumes a typo for a url search



10:47 am on Jul 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

I have a new site, example.com, which when I search on the URL returns one of those 'typo' search pages

Showing results for 'exmple.com'
Search instead for 'example.com'

The site owner wants to see their site returned when searching for the url and not the alternative.

I'm at a bit of a loss as to quite why Google thinks it's a typo. The site, example.com, is in their index.

Anyone know of a cunning way to solve this?



8:40 pm on Jul 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member lucy24 is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time Top Contributors Of The Month

Quotation marks. Or a "site:" operator; I think they accept your spelling on those.

And thank your stars they didn't decide you meant "maximal.com". For comparison purposes, g### once decided something on my own site-- I was test-searching-- was meant for "marijuana". There was barely a single letter in common, but who am I to argue.


8:53 pm on Jul 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the reply. I phrased the question incorrectly - is there anything I can do on the site to get Google to stop displaying the results for 'exmple.com' and go straight to the results for 'example.com'?

I have created an XML sitemap and submitted it via WMT.

I just can't think of anything else to do?


9:27 pm on Jul 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

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It may be that exmple.com is searched for more or is recognised brand and that example.com is a common misspeling of exmple.com.

It could be a difficult problem to solve quickly. Perhaps building more links with anchor example.com may help. Longer term, on-line brand building for example.com would also possibly help.

Another more drastical solution is to change a domain name to something else that would be returned in searches for its domain name.


9:40 pm on Jul 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

They are both abbreviations of sorts, so grammatically speaking both are misspellings. One has a letter missing from the other.

Yeah, I'm thinking the link building is the solution and the changing the domain name has crossed my mind.

I think I'll start with the link building option.


10:08 pm on Jul 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member netmeg is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

Basically no, there's nothing you can do. I run into this all the time with netmeg vs nutmeg. Jenstar even wrote a blog post about it. I've had my first netmeg domain since 1992, it pre-dates Google. There's tons of netmeg pages and posts and references in the index. They still think it's a typo.

Granted, mine is a made-up word and yours may not be, but I've been plastering this made-up word around the net since 1986. Probably the only way to defeat the typo treatment is to get to where you get more branded searches than the other domain.


9:41 am on Jul 15, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Our brand name is kind of missipelling for a regular word you find in a dictionary. Google was suggesting replacement (with a dictionary word) for maybe two.. three months, then stopped. Simultaneously, it switched to display 7 results (not 10) for our brand name.


10:22 am on Jul 15, 2013 (gmt 0)

I suppose you have to put yourselves in the shoes of a major brand, e.g. Amazon. If someone searched Amzon.com then Google can probably safely assume that it is a misspelling of Amazon.com. Can they be 100% certain? Of course not, but they can only act on their best knowledge. As mentioned above, build your own brand and generate awareness, brand search volume, traffic, links.

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