MIsspelling Research - Google Results!

I started the Keyword Misspelling Research on June 4, 2005 and it's now June 9, 2005 - Google already has results (nice going, guys! ) The other 3 search engines have not even indexed a single page yet. :(

The keyword misspelling test contains the following pages:

(All searches using Google)

Page 1: Main Page. Contains all three words in body text, title and keyword metatag, and I will link to it using the misspellings, as well. It should show up for all three versions.

altwrittén: Result
altwritten: Result
altwriten: Result

Page 2: The proper word is used in the content and title, but with no mention of misspellings anywhere, and is not linked with misspellings. This is the control page. It should not show up for any misspellings unless the search engine stems or makes a decision to include a misspelling for it's own reasons.

altwrittén: Result
altwritten: No Result
altwriten: No Result

Page 3: The keyword misspellings are used in image "alt" tags only (unlinked)

altwrittén: Result
altwritten: Result
altwriten: Result

Page 4: The keyword misspellings are used in image "alt" tags only (linked)

altwrittén: Result
altwritten: Result
altwriten: Result

Page 5: The keyword misspellings are used in the keywords metatag only

altwrittén: Result
altwritten: No Result
altwriten: No Result

Page 6: The keyword misspellings are used in noscript only

altwrittén: Result
altwritten: Result
altwriten: Result

Page 7: The keyword misspellings are used within object only

altwrittén: Result
altwritten: No Result
altwriten: No Result

Page 8 : The keyword misspellings are used in incoming anchor text only (no on-page use)

altwrittén: Result
altwritten: Result
altwriten: No Result *** I'll check this later to be sure

Page 9: The keyword misspellings are used in the title only

altwrittén: Result
altwritten: Result
altwriten: Result

Page 10: The page path (i.e. domain name/directory test) contains the misspellings, but the content does not.

altwrittén: Result
altwritten: Result
altwriten: Result

Page 11: The misspellings are hidden using CSS within the body.

altwrittén: Result
altwritten: Result
ltwriten: Result

Page 12: The misspellings are within comments only.

altwrittén: Result
altwritten: No Result
altwriten: No Result

Page 13: The misspellings are only within a Dublin Core tag intended for the purpose.

altwrittén: Result
altwritten: No Result
altwriten: No Result

Page 14: The misspellings are within a bookmark (ie domain.com/page.htm#keyword") link on the same page, but not otherwise on the page.

altwrittén: Result
altwritten: No Result
altwriten: No Result

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Conclusions For Google
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One interesting thing is the order that Google listed these in, though I wasn't testing for it. Feel free to check the listings and draw your own conclusions.All pages in the test are indexed and show up for the control word. At this time they are the ONLY pages that show up - which is good for this test.


  • Contrary to popular belief - Google apparently checks and indexes unlinked alt tags. There is another possible explanation - I deliberately used the misspellings as the image file names - I'll check this in the next round. Inconclusive.

  • Google does NOT index the keyword metatag or other metatags like Dublin Core.

  • Google will index misspellings in the filename and URL, but not bookmarks (which are technically part of the URL)

  • Google indexes hidden CSS
  • Google does NOT index comments

  • Google will index noscript, but did not index misspellings in the object tag. This was not the ordinary usage of alt text within an object, but a custom experiment, which has now provided me with useful (though negative) data.

  • There was absolutely no indication that Google will expand it's search to include an "e" when a search term includes an "é".

Ian

1 comment:

AexChecker said...

Misspelling, :) it is the very known problem. For example: In the ongoing quest to find great deal on eBay or even to find items you can flip, one of the interesting approaches is by looking for misspelled items. One of the most common misspellings was "labtop" for "laptop". This misspelling is so common that some people listing laptops actually use the word "labtop" in their title. Check it out :)). See Misspelling or Bad Spelling