What if a search for my business triggers “Did you mean?”

What if a search for my business triggers “Did you mean?” - answered by Matt Cutts

Matt's answer:

CUTTS: Alex B. in Indianapolis has a good question. Alex says, “When I do a Google search for my business name, Google suggests, ‘Did you mean:’ with some other company name. Is there anything we can do to keep that from happening?” Not that I know of, at least not right now. There’s nothing where we, you know, have a form that you can fill out and say, “This is bad.” You could try finding our various help or Web forums and report it in there. But the hope is that over time we learn that sort of thing automatically. So we have data pushes of content and, you know, then we try iterate and improve. So I don’t have a good answer in terms of, you know, “Here’s a simple form you can fill out.” But hopefully over time Google learns that, “Oh, this suggestion is not as helpful or this is a real business,” you know, anything you can do to build the reputation of your business so it’s more well-known, so that you got a lot of links pointing to you and, you know, you’re more easily found on the Web. Those are all signals that we could say, “Oh, this is a really valid query so it’s not something that we need to show a spelling suggestion for.” But there’s no, like, special form that you can go and fill out or anything as far as I know. Sorry.

by Matt Cutts - Google's Head of Search Quality Team


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