I made a mistake is it worth carrying on?

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Last friday night I started doing some keyword research for a new niche site. I got all excited over a decent search number with exact keywords and thought I'd found an exact match domain. So I registered it.

It was only after I word the content (not much just 5 articles) that I realised that I had spelt the keyword wrong in the domain. Instead of registering domain (dot) co.uk I registered domian (dot) co.uk. (just using domain as an example).

My first instinct was to carry on with the site since I'd written the content so I distributed an article and did some bookmarking but now I'm worried that I should cut my loses, learn my lesson and move on.

Is it worth continuing working on the site? Will a mis-spelt domain name affect a sale? I've seen other niche sites relating to this keyword on pages 2 and 3 of google but they only have 1 or 2 pages of content.

Any advice would be appreciated

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  • Profile picture of the author AD25
    I would probably ditch it. Misspelling the niche in the domain would look too unprofessional.
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  • Profile picture of the author Marketing Cheetah
    It is worth correcting the mistake at this time by registering the correct domain instead of not ranking in the search engines and losing more than 9 bucks.
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  • Profile picture of the author O0o0O
    You might want to keep it depending on the traffic it can generate by users typing in misspelled words.

    The domain "gmial.com" is getting pretty good business through misspellings. So it depend on the volume and how well it can profit from the misspelling.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Ward
    You don't give the domain name itself, but almost certainly I would say you should cut your losses. Buy the real domain and 301 redirect from the misspelled one to the correct one and you'll keep almost all of your Google link juice.
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    • Profile picture of the author kezan98
      Originally Posted by mattward View Post

      You don't give the domain name itself, but almost certainly I would say you should cut your losses. Buy the real domain and 301 redirect from the misspelled one to the correct one and you'll keep almost all of your Google link juice.
      This is what I was going to do until I realised it wasn't available.

      I think I'll leave it then and see what it does and concentrate on something else. It'll teach me to rush things. Thanks for your replies.
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  • Profile picture of the author Giani
    I was about to suggest what mattward has in post above.

    That is the best solution for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rich Struck
    Just look at the threads on this site and you'll see that half of the people in the world can't spell. Keep it. Put some content on it, maybe AdSense, and then move on. Just so you know, lots of people deliberately buy misspelled domains because it is a cheap way to take a swing at otherwise difficult keywords.
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  • Profile picture of the author Agep_flippo
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    I have the same problem also and when I realized, I registered the correct domain before another marketers registered it. So my best advice, register the correct domain.
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  • Profile picture of the author JustinDupre
    Yep best thing to do is to learn your lesson and move on to something better. You can always use the incorrect domain to build backlinks for your other big domain site. 5 articles ain't so bad
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  • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
    Any serious domain provider has a grace-period which allows to "return" a domain within some days. I don't understand that the issue is really. Is the correctly spelled domain taken?
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    • Profile picture of the author kezan98
      Yes the correctly spelt one is taken but I have seen another which may work, I'd ask them on their refund policy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
    How many searches are there for the misspelled keywords? I have one misspelled domain that I bought specifically because there are a LOT of searches for this misspelled word. I actually haven't done much with the domain other than add a few pages of content. It wasn't earning any money. Recently I removed all the affiliate products and have solely Adsense on it and it's starting to earn me some money now.

    This domain has heaps of potential if I start spending some time on it, adding new content and promote it more. My point is, that if there is a demand for the misspelled word then why not keep it and see how it goes.
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  • Profile picture of the author apples2011
    For a niche site I would definitely start over with the correctly spelt domain. Its not like with the gmail example where people might type the wrong address into their browser.

    For a niche site your traffic is presumably going to come directly from google.
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    • Profile picture of the author owenlee
      Hi,

      I think is good to re-reg with the correct spelling if that is a long term business...i have such experience before and i email the helpdesk where i register the domain...they allow me to change it without any cost as it makes no sense with the wrong domain name..

      Hope this helps.

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      • Profile picture of the author kezan98
        just to update,

        The I can't get a refund on the domain.

        so I think I'm just going to leave it as it is, not do any further work and see if any traffic comes. If it does, I'll look at optimising that traffic.

        Thanks for everyones response.
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  • Profile picture of the author Marketing Cheetah
    oops. Who told you about the refund of registered domain. That isn't possible.
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    • Profile picture of the author kezan98
      Originally Posted by Marketing Cheetah View Post

      oops. Who told you about the refund of registered domain. That isn't possible.
      it was mentioned in a post above yours
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