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Misspelled Keywords vs Mistyped Keywords

Although Google Trends show lots of people searching for facebooj, I found out that you’ll get less traffic from it. Currently, my post ranks #1 on facebooj but the added traffic is very minimal. I was expecting huge traffic but I did not get it. What went wrong?

Here’s what I think. Maybe because facebooj is just a mistyped keyword, not necessarily a misspelled keyword. Although we can consider facebooj as a misspelling, it came up because people mistyped it. The searcher knows the right spelling, they just mistyped it because k and j are placed side by side on the keyboard. So when the result came up, they’ll just click the “Did you mean: facebook” link instead of checking the results.

Compare that to six vedios, where people actually typed “six vedios” not because they mistyped it, but because they think that it is really the correct spelling. Arabic usually represents e and i with a single character (the character ya), that’s why some of them misspell video with vedio and $ex with six. When the results came up, they will not immediately click the “Did you mean” link, they will still check the results since they think they typed the correct spelling.

As a result, misspelled keywords give more visitors vs mistyped keywords. This is the first time I tried to optimize for mistyped keywords, and I think, I must focus on misspelled keywords since mistyped keywords doesn’t give that much traffic.

Lesson learned from experience: Focus more on misspelled keywords and less on mistyped keywords.

Marhgil Macuha

Marhgil Macuha is a Computer Engineering graduate of Batangas State University. He is currently a Senior Solutions Developer at a Canadian IT company.


  1. dude baka hindi ka nagrarank sa google.co.uk? kasi sa google trend mostly european country yung nakalista.

  2. wah, owkie, another lesson learned haha 😀

  3. Ah, uu nga nuh. hehe.. thanks sir, pa hach po ng mga keywords ah? hehe

  4. ganon po ba, may natutunan let ako. thanks

  5. nadagdagan na naman yung kaalaman ko, thanks sir macuha.

  6. Tama! Mispelled yun so they will not click the site. Wew.

  7. I agree with you. Google is so smart these days.

  8. Is that different between Misspelled Keywords and Mistyped Keywords? I think both of them is same.

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