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Q: google penalties ( Answered,   3 Comments )
Subject: google penalties
Category: Business and Money
Asked by: whatsnext-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 13 Apr 2006 14:50 PDT
Expires: 13 May 2006 14:50 PDT
Question ID: 718645
Does Google penalize bad grammar and poor spelling on web sites?
Subject: Re: google penalties
Answered By: sublime1-ga on 13 Apr 2006 19:54 PDT

Poor spelling on a website reaps its own penalties, no matter what
search engine someone is using.

For example, say you sell eyeglasses on your website. A Google
search for eyeglasses produces 12,500,000 legitimate results:

If you were to misspell eyeglasses in every instance of every
page of your site, someone searching with the correct spelling
would not see your site. A search for the misspelling, say,
'eyeglassis' produces only 8 unique results:

If you mispelled it in every instance of a single page, only
that page would fail to show up.

If, as in most cases, you misspell it only once on a page in 
which it is used multiple times, that page should still be
found by search engines as relevant to a query with the correct

Spam websites often include misspelled words in their content
on purpose, so that if someone accidentally misspells a word,
they may not notice Google's offer for the correct spelling,
and may click on a link to their site. For example, look at
some of the top results for 'insurince', instead of 'insurance':

Google usually offers an alternative, correct spelling when a
user enters a misspelled query, as illustrated in this search
for 'conposition', as well as the search for 'insurince', above:

Right above the search results, it asks, "Did you mean: 
composition" and offers a link to search results for the
correct spelling.


Searches done for this question are incorporated into the text
of the answer.
Subject: Re: google penalties
From: pinkfreud-ga on 13 Apr 2006 15:54 PDT
Gosh, the Web would be a nicer place if there were penalties for bad
grammar and poor spelling. I can't imagine that Google would have any
interest in becoming the Grammar Police, though.

Keep in mind that Google Answers Researchers are not employees of
Google. We are independent contractors located all over the world. We
do not possess insider knowledge of the workings of Google. I doubt
that any of us can provide any insight into this matter other than
common sense.
Subject: Re: google penalties
From: myoarin-ga on 13 Apr 2006 16:41 PDT
This is what Google says in the Terms of Service for G-A:
"Google does not edit, screen, filter, modify, or otherwise monitor
the content of questions or comments in advance of initially posting
or displaying such content on the Service."
It is also explained in the FAQs that G-A Researchers have been chosen
for their excellent communicative skills, to which we can all testify 
- thank you.  :-)

It seems that this has a salutary effect on other's postings here,
setting a standard, if one wants to be taken seriously.  Blog/SMS
texting detracts from the contents of the message and suggests that
the writer doesn't care.
Subject: Re: google penalties
From: myoarin-ga on 14 Apr 2006 04:19 PDT
Great answer.
Now if Pink can explain why there are 23,000 hits for "tusla oklahoma" ...  ;)

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