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Google | Did You Mean?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Brannan, Mar 20, 2015.

  1. Brannan

    Brannan Regular Member

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    Hi, i seem to have a problem at my sites keyword. When someone searches for my site on google with the name of my site my site used to come up top, but now it first shows: Did you mean? (My Competition) then it shows Adwords for their website.

    This didnt show before and it really sucks because i might be loosing clicks because of it.

    Is there anyway to fix this? Or did my competition simply buy clicks for my websites name?

    Thanks in Advance
     
  2. Zwielicht

    Zwielicht Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    That's a pretty interesting conundrum you have there. If I'm correct, I believe the "Did You Mean..." algorithm appears when the majority of users search for a keyword, don't click on any results, and then quickly search for a different keyword where they click on one of the results. In this case, it's possible that your competitor used this method and is running a PPC campaign in conjunction with this for the keyword in your website in order to stifle the competition (you).

    If what I said above is true, then I would imagine having more people search for your site using the keyword you mentioned and clicking on your site would solve the problem. Either way, if users are searching for your site, they'll more than likely click on your website regardless of what comes up (unless your competitor has a very enticing PPC ad).

    Again, I'm not too sure about this, but I might test it using a misspelling of my own company's brand name and post the results on Black Hat World.
     
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  3. praetserge

    praetserge Power Member

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    He's bidding on the name of your site and since he's the only bidder, it costs him virtually nothing but it's a great strategy as he puts his own business in front of your customers.
    Some say it's unethical and you could bid to advertise on the name of his website.
     
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  4. Brannan

    Brannan Regular Member

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    Yeah i don't think it is having a big effect on my sales how ever it is kind of irritating, i was thinking that there might exist some methods to spend their adwords (haha) but im not gonna be a dick and it would probably cost me more than it was worth. Guess im just going to have to live with it and hope it stops eventually. If i search for this particular keyword the only thing that shows up that doesn't belong to my domain is on page 3 of google and it's a youtube video so atleast no one is appearing there.
     
  5. wisdomkid

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    Yes, i guess so too, and here are other options too.

    Maybe his competitor built some powerful links to their website, or got some serious retweeting service that made Google think, you might be misspelling the name.

    I would recommend you build more powerful links to your website as well.