SEOs Lose Rankings Due to New "Did You Mean" Feature

Feb 4, 2009 • 9:05 am | comments (19) by | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Last week, we reported that Google made the new "Did You Mean" feature a standard. Meaning, Google's search spelling suggestions are now acting in this new manner.

The issue is, many are complaining that they are getting killed by this. Some have e-commerce sites and this is resulting in Google dropping their position by at least two placements, due to showing the new "Did you mean" feature.

One example is brought by a webmaster in the Google Webmaster Help forum, who says a search for ecotrimmer returns this "did you mean" feature and pushes his site down to a much lower position, resulting in a huge sales slump for this business owner.

See how low this site is now on the Google search results in this screen capture:

Did You Mean and SEO

As you can imagine, this is not the only webmaster impacted by this change.

Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help.

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