Spelling Does Not Matter Much, Unless You Misspell the URL...

by tpw 22 replies
A lot of our membership here is using English As A Second Language (ESL), and since I am not actually driven to discourage others (contrary to what some might claim), I try not to diss on people for their bad spelling...

Unless they are trying to sell themselves as a professional writer in the English-speaking marketplace.

While it may be acceptable to not worry about the proper spelling of a word in a forum, a lot is lost when one misspells a domain name...

If you want us to look at your site or another, please be sure to spell the domain name correctly...
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  • Profile picture of the author realnetworker
    I like this -- I personally do not enjoy reading a badly spelled/poor grammar article or anything. I find it difficult to put much creditability on someone when their spelling is horrible.

    Of course, there are sometimes typos, but it only takes a minute to scan back over your words before hitting submit.

    I have started paying more attention to where people are from, and I do allow for those who are obviously not from the US, and have ESL.
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Shook
      True enough msippelling the ULR for you domian nmae could relly have an impact on hwo poepel perceive you in a froum. Becasue you never know who is going to loking at you psot.
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      • Profile picture of the author tpw
        Originally Posted by JMichaelZ View Post

        True enough msippelling the ULR for you domian nmae could relly have an impact on hwo poepel perceive you in a froum. Becasue you never know who is going to loking at you psot.

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  • Profile picture of the author InfinityNetwork
    It depends on the domain name ... maybe they are getting all the misspelled traffic for a great keyword domain, and reaching all the customers who can't spell and urgently need their writing and editing services.
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    • Profile picture of the author tpw
      Originally Posted by InfinityNetwork View Post

      It depends on the domain name ... maybe they are getting all the misspelled traffic for a great keyword domain, and reaching all the customers who can't spell and urgently need their writing and editing services.

      If that were the case, I would have never said anything.

      But the example I saw today was accidentally misspelled and led to a site not found message.
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      • Profile picture of the author Tom Ryan
        So true Bill. I always make sure to test out my links. It is pretty easy to mistype your url and I've done it in the past, now I try to always check. Misspelled urls are not as forgiving as a misspelled word on a forum post.
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    I can misspell a URL even in my mother tongue :p
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    • Profile picture of the author Bill Farnham
      A lot of our membership here is using English As A Second Language (ESL), and since I am not actually driven to discourage others (contrary to what some might claim), I try not to diss on people for their bad spelling...
      Now that you mention it, I don't recall The Lone Ranger ever bitchslapping Tonto for using English as his second language...

      Except maybe that time TLR told him to "Sneak out and come back with the posse."

      ~Bill
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      • Profile picture of the author tpw
        Originally Posted by Bill Farnham View Post

        Now that you mention it, I don't recall The Lone Ranger ever bitchslapping Tonto for using English as his second language...

        Except maybe that time TLR told him to "Sneak out and come back with the posse."

        ~Bill

        I remember that joke.
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        • Profile picture of the author TracyNeedham
          I actually try to think about ease of spelling and the likelihood of typos when I choose a domain name...like avoiding anything with 3 "s" in a row or whatnot. Just because it IS so easy to make a typo when you're typing an URL in a hurry.

          But like you said, you should try to check your links first before posting.
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          • Profile picture of the author Alan Ashwood
            Agree with you totally Bill. In the Forum, the odd miss spell, or grammatical error is of minor consequence unless you're selling yourself as a professional copywriter or similar. However, I find the use of text English both lazy and frustrating, and I NEVER read or click the author's links.

            The same goes for not bothering with capital letters etc. I find some of the worst ones are created by people with apparently Western names, living in the USA or UK; which makes me doubt whther they are, or do.

            As for Warriors who do not use English as their first language, I do try to work through the wording, as there are often some very valid contributions. Unfortunately, this is inexcusable on a website. Unclear or grammatically incorrect use of English is not doing the author any favours. In their position, I would try to get at least two other people to proof read the copy. Even if they're non-English speakers, they may be able to 'tune it' into acceptable copy.

            This may be a bit tough for non-English speakers, but I think English language readers will get it. I found it quite interesting.

            Aoccdrning to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae.
            The rset can ba a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.
            Pettry amzanig huh?


            Don't recommend using it tho'

            PS> Any miss spellings in the above text are courtesy of my dyslexic keyboard.
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            • Profile picture of the author digitalquilluk
              Another angle on poor spelling, I am currently researching the impact of poor spelling on your sites ranking... Matt Cutts has suggested that it is a critical part of Googles Algorithms.

              I myself an dyslexic, but always try to take the time to read and re-read content I write be that on forums, blog comments, blog posts, site content etc.
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              • Profile picture of the author Alan Ashwood
                Originally Posted by digitalquilluk View Post

                Another angle on poor spelling, I am currently researching the impact of poor spelling on your sites ranking... Matt Cutts has suggested that it is a critical part of Googles Algorithms.

                I myself an dyslexic, but always try to take the time to read and re-read content I write be that on forums, blog comments, blog posts, site content etc.
                I've often thought abut the challenges of being dyslexic in this type of business, and I admire your perseverance. In fact about 5-6 months ago, I made a new contact (also in the UK) who's dyslexic, and every now and then he sends me stuff to proof before publishing. It's a pleasure, as well as being in contact with another Brit.

                What sort of warp minded ******* came up with the name dyslexic, anyway? Even I have to think twice when writing it!

                Just curious. What did you make of the paragraph about Cambridge University? Or didn't you bother trying to read it? Can't say I blame you.

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            • Profile picture of the author art72
              Originally Posted by Alan Ashwood View Post


              This may be a bit tough for non-English speakers, but I think English language readers will get it. I found it quite interesting.

              Aoccdrning to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae.
              The rset can ba a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.
              Pettry amzanig huh?


              Don't recommend using it tho'

              PS> Any miss spellings in the above text are courtesy of my dyslexic keyboard.
              I remember when this study came out a few years back, blew my mind how it is we are able to process that jumbled mess.

              While, I suck at grammar and spelling it seems fair enough to accept not everyone here is writing in their native tongue, myself included at times, since my offline vocabulary often includes a ton of "F" bombs and other less gratifying uses of profanity.

              With 3 teenager's on the verge of giving their mother a nervous breakdown, my house often sounds like the "F'ing" Osbourne's, especially lately, as I grow prone to ignore them more and more to work online.

              Meanwhile, I find those of foreign tongue quite humoring most of the time, and enjoy the variance in the way others word sentences.
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  • Profile picture of the author Yogini
    In addition to misspells of a domain name, it is also easy to put in .net when your domain is .com. This is not a spelling error, but a common one. I have talked to a few people who have even sent hundreds of links back to someone else's site doing this (ok, I was one of them)!

    The spell check tools are useful , though of course if you spell there instead of their it won't catch that.

    Debbie
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    • Profile picture of the author rosetrees
      Originally Posted by Yogini View Post


      The spell check tools are useful , though of course if you spell there instead of their it won't catch that.
      Just for fun: (best read in a South African accent)
      Eye have a spelling chequer
      It came with my pea sea
      It plainly marques four myrevue
      Miss steaks eye kin knotsea.
      Eye strike a quay and type aword
      And weight four it two say
      Weather eye am wrong oarrite
      It shows me straight a weigh
      As soon as a mist ache ismaid
      It nose be four two long
      And eye can putt the errorrite
      Its rear lea ever wrong
      Eye have run this poem threwit
      I am shoe your please two no
      It letter perfect awl theweigh
      My chequer tolled me sew.
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      • Profile picture of the author Alan Ashwood
        Originally Posted by rosetrees View Post

        Just for fun: (best read in a South African accent)
        Eye have a spelling chequer
        It came with my pea sea
        It plainly marques four myrevue
        Miss steaks eye kin knotsea.
        Eye strike a quay and type aword
        And weight four it two say
        Weather eye am wrong oarrite
        It shows me straight a weigh
        As soon as a mist ache ismaid
        It nose be four two long
        And eye can putt the errorrite
        Its rear lea ever wrong
        Eye have run this poem threwit
        I am shoe your please two no
        It letter perfect awl theweigh
        My chequer tolled me sew.
        Now I see why you said read it with a South African accent!

        I read it all out loud, and now my children are positive I'm barmy.

        Are there any O's in the South African accent? It sounds like Siitth Ifriken :confused:

        Went there once, for work. Didn't inrrstind a wurd they sid.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mizzy Princess
    I enjoy reading the thread here. Some are funny and some are serious. But nevertheless, it is an interesting conversation to tackle. Have a nice day guys!
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Mayo
    I seen this posted on FaceBook the other day by Brad Spencer and the scary part is
    I understood ever word of it.



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    • Profile picture of the author art72
      Originally Posted by Michael Mayo View Post

      I seen this posted on FaceBook the other day by Brad Spencer and the scary part is
      I understood ever word of it.



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      Have a Great Day!
      Michael
      It took me longer to figure out your "Mind Games" due to the font change, then it did to read through the image.

      None-the-less, that one was cool!

      In regard to Bill's topic, I have managed to buy 3 domains, whereby, I knew how to spell the keywords, but somehow while 'in-cart' I managed to obliterate what I intitially thought was a goldmine domain name.

      Like my satelitte.tv purchase...oops! -Which ironically, gets [2,900] exacts monthly. Far cry from the 246k exacts I thought to have found.

      -Art
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