Jun 7, 2010
As you can see there is a misspelling in the very first word where ergonomic is spelled egonomic. Google Suggest simply lets it go and continues to provide other related suggestions. Google has used the “Did You Mean” feature in their search results pages for awhile and will sometimes not even ask you a Did You Mean question and show you the misspelled results. Instead it will just tell you they are showing you results for the correct spelling.
With Google continually improving the ways that they can help users identify when they have misspelled something the Google Suggest team decided they can catch users who are misspelling words even before they get to the search results page. Here is what the new version of Google Suggest looks like when something is misspelled:
As you can see Google Suggest will now put in red the phrase “Did You Mean” and follow it with bolding the word that is misspelled. This is another perfect example of why it has continually been spoken of by a lot of SEO’s that targeting and optimizing for misspelled words is not a good practice at all. While it is true that there still are a lot of people who will continue to misspell words and phrases, those same people will also say yes when Google tells them “Did You Mean” and then they will click on the correctly spelled word and continue from there.