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Are you taking advantage of misspellings?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by brchcar1445, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. brchcar1445

    brchcar1445 Regular Member

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    Well you should be.

    I don't post a ton around here, it's usually only if I really have something to say. I was adding some content to a site of mine today, which made me think that the method I use for misspellings was pretty good and should be shared.

    This is not going to be the magic bean that makes you a lot of money, but depending on what you are promoting, it could bring in a significant amount of traffic.

    Have you ever looked for misspellings of your keywords? Have you actually found them, but knew if you optimized your site with a few of them, you would look like an idiot? I've been there. I actually never used to include any misspellings in any of my sites, because I was supposed to be the expert. I can't misspell my keywords. Well here is the answer.

    I am going to use cuckoo clocks as an example.

    I have a site about cuckoo clocks and I found that people misspell cuckoo A LOT! Now cuckoo might be an extreme example, but I guarantee if you are optimizing for a certain keyword, people are probably misspelling a part of it.

    The way I get the mispellings into my site are as follows.

    Have a section toward the bottom of your page with a title that states...

    "Did you arrive here by misspelling cuckoo?"

    Then write something like this...

    "No worries a lot of people misspell the word. I have seen some pretty funny misspellings actually take a look below!"

    Cucoo
    Koo Koo
    Coo Coo
    Cucku
    Cukoo

    I understand that cuckoo is kind of the extreme example, but honestly you will find misspellings for most words.

    You can add as many as you want. I know on my site, I am getting a ton of extra traffic from these misspellings. Typically you don't need to optimize your entire site to get misspelling traffic. Just mention them once and it can be enough, depending on how popular the misspelling is.

    I have actually had people leave comments that think it's funny and admit to using the incorrect spelling to reach my page. It creates discussion and people leave comments. It also makes you seem human. They see a person behind the review, or article, instead of just a site. It helps in a lot more ways than just getting misspelled traffic.

    This is not going to make you rich, and in some cases it may not help at all, but it's something everyone should consider when adding content.

    Hopefully this helped everyone.
     
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  2. jetti789

    jetti789 Junior Member

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    BHopkins Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    This was a great strategy that worked well a few years ago. "Did you mean..." killed this method. Now google displays the results for the correct and you have to click to find the misspellings.
     
  4. Chrisss

    Chrisss Senior Member

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    Misspelling is a good way to create traffic and people who make a search by misspelling a word is just happy to find what they where looking for.

    I do however never optimize for misspelling on a serious site, but I would leave that work to my visitors, that places a comment.

    If the misspelling brings in a lot of traffic, then would I do some linkbuilding to make sure I dominate page one in G.
     
  5. xcpks

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    I have an autoblog on a misspelled word. And after 3 weeks i managed to have 8000 hits the first month (after the three weeks)
    And the best of all i did this on a co.cc domain :p
    So i bought the other extensions as well
     
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    teeniegenie Supreme Member

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    Google instant has really limited the effectiveness of misspellings IMO
     
  7. KraftyKyle

    KraftyKyle Jr. Executive VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    This still works well for snatching up cheap items on ebay. I've never used it for a blog though.
     
  8. jamesyboy

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    I thought about testing a dating domain (datimg.com) because it's the way dating is most mispelt. But I discovered another guy had one similar which was ranking number 1 on google but it was for sale for virtually nothing. So I figured there's not a lot of mileage in it because of the way search engines suggest and correct.
     
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    this is one classic method that still works today...not as much as it did in the past though...but give it a try and you'll find the results are not too disappointng
     
  10. brchcar1445

    brchcar1445 Regular Member

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    Ya, like I said, its not the magic bean. But it can bring you in some moderate traffic depending on your keywords.
     
  11. RealProductAffiliate

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    Actually yes, I just set up a couple of niche sites using words spelled differently or used differently. In Europe they call walkers rollators and both terms were searched a lot so I just combined the names to get both. Also, doing some research I found out that miter saws are spelled mitre as well but not as much competition for the keyword so I used it.

    Great post, always something to look for.
     
  12. Viltedali

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    You could try this with your domain name as well. Instead of using a misspell of a trademarked domain, you could use general terms. I registered a couple 'trucks.com' misspells, along with an 'antique' misspell.

    Some people type directly in the address bar instead of searching on G for the site they want.

    Here's a search tool you can try if wanting to try a misspell domain:

    PHP:
    http://misspelling-tool.com/typo-generator/index11.php
    It's my site, but none of the affiliate stuff works on it right now anyway.


    Yeah, you could use a site like ebuyersedge to set up saved misspell searches to get emails when matching items are newly listed.