Google Corrects Domain Name Spelling Errors (Sometimes, Anyway)

Oct 17th

SEL highlighted that Google is correcting domain spelling errors. Which works to block some typos, but in some instances is pushing traffic away from smaller domains toward more authoritative websites.

Good Job Google

Here is an example of the spell correction working right...

Lets say you want to go to my blog located at www.seobook.com/node, but misspelled node as nodd. When you search for www.seobook.com/nodd they offer the correct URL as a suggestion.

Bad Job Google

Now lets say that I misspell a filename. What if I typed www.seibook.com/bok (If you add a second o to the word book in the filename this URL exists). What does Google do? Even when I am not signed in, Google STILL recommends people go to SeoBook.com, to the URL www.seobook.com/blog instead of recommending they go to seibook.com/book/

In that last case correcting the URL and keeping the people on the same site only took changing 1 letter, but Google decided instead to change a letter in the domain name, and change 3 in the filename!

Why Not Fix This?

What about errors in the domain extension? If you type in ASP.nt (leaving out the e in net) Google does not correct that spelling error. If you type in ebay.cm (ebay.com leaving out the o) Google does not correct that error. Why launch a feature such as this without correcting the most common errors?

Published: October 17, 2007

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Comments

October 17, 2007 - 6:16pm

I wish they'd at least auto-correct extension typos so that when I accidentally type .xom (and I do this a lot), I would be automatically taken to the intended .com.

silvercube
October 17, 2007 - 6:40pm

Since cm is the TLD for cameroon, they might be hesitant to fix that error.

October 18, 2007 - 1:26am

Hi,

When I search for my domain with misspelled "cm", Google corrects it.

I guess Google doesn't(can't?) fix errors because ebay and asp are so popular a word and there are lot of web pages including ebay(asp) + cm.

October 18, 2007 - 4:00am

Its funny that you posted about this because the way i found your site just now was to google you since i am on my apple iphone and it was easier to type seo book in google then your full domain. I misstypsd it and google gave me the right link to click on. Ha!

October 18, 2007 - 4:37am

Hi Aaron,

Might be possible becuase the URL http://www.seobook.com/book
shows no cache
http://72.14.209.104/search?sourceid=navclient-ff&ie=UTF-8&q=cache%3Ahtt...

Ashish Roy

October 18, 2007 - 7:06am

Hi Aaron,

"but in some instances is pushing traffic away from smaller domains toward more authoritative websites."

IMHO, very bad from Google...there are really xy variations of some domain name and/or expression out there, why should google prefer just one infront of everybody else?

Cant see the real reason, but I hope they are still testing this...

October 18, 2007 - 2:24pm

good stuff. have you considered that maybe the goo is attempting to prevent typo domain name squatters from succeeding? the goo surely has lots of typo data to analyze for this filter.

October 18, 2007 - 6:31pm

Yes, I considered that Corey. But also worth noting that when Google itself is the typosquatter (on searches for stuff like asp.nt, etc.) that they do not correct the spelling error.

AW
October 21, 2007 - 4:31pm

When you search seo-book, Google corrects it like that:

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=seo-book.com%2Fbok&btnG=Search&lr=l...

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