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SEO For The Uneducated

I had written a post analysing this.

I’ve deleted it.

It only dampens the impact.

Google, please institute a “did you mean” correction for this search. You have the chance to educate so many people.

Hats off to all those companies producing products for the mass “Wayne & Waynetta” (see “the great unwashed”) market. No wonder you’re making so much money.

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13 responses to “SEO For The Uneducated”

  • Torben says:

    Hi Mark,

    I don’t understand what exactly the problem is with that?

    It’s simply that fewer people are searching with the ” ‘ ” in the “your”.

    And of course I DONT want to have that “corrected” by Google since this is an extra keyword phrase I can bid on with not so much competition – of course fewer searches as well though as not many people are searching with ” ‘ “.

    But I don’t exactly see what you are trying to tell us here – This is the Keyword Tool for Adwords Advertisers and I, as an Adwords advertiser, am HAPPY that such phrases are NOT being “melt” together but instead all misspellings and variations are being shown by Google with there search-volume and amount of advertisers. Because in the end it is an extra keyword phrase varation that I can bid on cheaper than the generic one with “your”.

    Comment by Torben
    October 6th, 2008 @ 2:38 am

  • Mark says:

    My point is that the vast majority of people don’t know the difference between you’re, your, they’re, their and there…

    From an SEO point of view, it’s best to keep this in mind.

    For instance, I run a site where I’m number 1 for the single key phrase of the thing I’m selling. I’m also #1 for a common mispelling, which gives me 50% more traffic.

    Plus, I found it amusing.

    Comment by Mark
    October 6th, 2008 @ 9:08 am

  • Andy says:

    Your is an interesting word for SEO. I find that most people, myself included miss-type it as YOU. I guess it is the brain lag that takes place during rapid typing that causes us to omit the extra characters that are required to form the you’re etc words?

    Comment by Andy
    October 12th, 2008 @ 1:31 pm

  • SEOserpent says:

    Google AI FTW!

    Comment by SEOserpent
    October 14th, 2008 @ 1:11 am

  • HMERT says:

    After word correction, Google starts to change our minds…
    “This like this …”

    Comment by HMERT
    October 15th, 2008 @ 11:51 am

  • Data Entry says:

    Guess Google can’t handle contractions. Just show to go ya – we’re still superior to computers.

    Comment by Data Entry
    October 22nd, 2008 @ 2:54 am

  • dolls says:

    Google is in a great position to make a positive contribution towards correct English usage – but it’s unlikely…

    Comment by dolls
    October 22nd, 2008 @ 3:00 pm

  • Mark says:

    @Data Entry..

    I think you’ve just proved yourself wrong with that comment.

    Comment by Mark
    October 23rd, 2008 @ 11:47 am

  • Matt Larson says:

    of course you have to consider than any person actually searching on that topic would be far more likely to misspell the phrase. Because if I’m hitting google up with that phrase, don’t I already know the answer?

    Comment by Matt Larson
    November 30th, 2008 @ 8:57 am

  • Mike says:

    I think for the begginning effort the procedure is very much clear as par web promotion

    Comment by Mike
    December 29th, 2008 @ 10:09 pm

  • thrifty says:

    old news i was talking about the miss spelling of words increasing traffic more than 4 years ago, being dyslexic has some advantages ;-)

    Comment by thrifty
    January 25th, 2009 @ 11:10 pm

  • Mark says:

    @ thrifty

    I think you’ve missed the point a little. (:

    Comment by Mark
    January 26th, 2009 @ 12:12 am

  • Money says:

    This is great material. Keep it up it is helping us all.

    Comment by Money
    May 29th, 2010 @ 8:25 pm