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Typos in Search Engine Submissions
Pinj Oucjked Eggs
It is so exciting when you have a great title for your lens, or domain, and you just know it will be a winner in the Search Engines. You have done your research and spent a few hours visiting sites with similar keywords and you are all set.
Lovely! Now just put the words in and build your lens or site, whatever. If you are registering a domain name you might have to wait 24 to 48 hours until it's yours. Then comes back the news that you have it. Whoopie Doo. Your lens, if it is that, has come back immediately and there is the site ready to be built. It's called Pink Pickled Eggs, at least that's what you registered, right - WRONG. The name is now Pinj Oucjked Eggs. What Happened?
The brain was thinking one thing but the fingers did another. You rushed the registration and failed to check before pressing the register now button. You are stuck with it but who in their right mind will put Pinj Oucjked Eggs in the search box to find you?
This lens was inspired by just such an error
The older I get the less careful I seem to be, especially when it comes to typing. Whether it's a case of the fingers thinking they know the path I am travelling or whether it's a case of the brain is not wired correctly anymore, who knows? But there was a time when I was a lot more careful, and slower in doing things than right now.
Perhaps it's a sub conscious thing whereby the brain realises that time is running out so better speed up. Who knows? But one thing I do know is that it is rather embarrassing to come face to face with typos, especially when they are in an emaii sent to a highly respected fellow squid.
This lens was inspired by just such a message. Dear sweet Susan52 did this wonderful lens on pink pickled eggs and I loved it and featured it on Holiday Cooking. Now as many squids will know when a good lens comes my way it will be featured on one of my lenses. This one was no exception. Likewise, I always send an email announcing the fact.
Then Susan replied to the email and I was horrified to see what I had sent her remained beneath the message. It read in part:- ""Hi Susan,
Just featured your lens on Pinj Oucjked Eggs here http://www.squidoo.com/holiday-cooks
Staring at the wording with eyes almost a foot in front of me, my mouth nearly hitting the floor and stiffened by the stupidity of not having read the thing before it was sent I had to apologise. So out went this email in reply to her thank you note:
"Hope you liked the new spelling for your lens title. Just goes to show I don't always read what I type and my brain goes one way and my fingers another. LOL Glad you worked it out."
That might work, I thought. Hope this dear lady is the forgiving kind. Then I was bowled over laughing when back a reply:
"I recognized the spelling because I type like that all the time! LOL"
That's when I decided to do this lens. How many times does this happen and can we control it?
Are you a typo queen (umm maybe king)?
A Laugh a Minute
We All Do It - Don't We?
Everyone makes mistakes, it''s just that I seem to make them more often than most, especially when it comes to typos.
One of my persistent errors is typing 'you' as 'uoy' or 'uyo' and leaving the [r] off 'your'. In fact, possibly the title typo Queen of Squidoo belongs to me, if the truth be known. When I publish a lens it looks great after having read it several times through. But then I go back after someone points out a typo and the text is full of them. Blush, blush, red face and all. How could I have missed that?
But my dedication to correcting typos was not helped when my keyboard lost its letters. It was the second one that did this, after the first was replaced for the same condition. White letters on a black keyboard and everyday they faded more until one day half of them were not there to be seen at all. That's when I gave up.
Fortunately I had a new laptop by then and had insisted on a white keyboard. But the computer did not come with white keyboards only black, so to compensate me the shopkeeper gave me a separate one to plug in and that's what I now use.
However, my fingers tend to strike two keys at once on many occasions, so if I am not vigilant you might seae thios type f thing.
What Do You Think About Typos?
Do You go out of your way to point out typo errors by others?
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