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We have this site which is named Vialogues (Video+Discussion web based application). https://vialogues.com

It has been around for sometime on the internet and we have also submitted sitemap.xml to search engines. However when we search on google or bing or yahoo using the keyword Vialogues, We are given results of the keyword dialogues and this message “showing results for dialogues, search instead for vialogues”.

I am wondering if it's possible to list the site without the search engine suggesting “showing results for dialogues, search instead for vialogues”?

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Search engines such as Bing or Google build spelling correction tables based on usage frequency - your term, Vialogues, both is used too infrequently to be treated as a "possibly-correct" term, and is too close to a highly popular "correct" term, and so is treated as a probable error.

Unfortunately, there's not much you can do here - your choices are to either:

  1. Change the name of your site to one that is not similar to a misspelling of a common word
  2. Get enough popularity that your term is recognized as a "correct" term
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For an example of the above, try writing "can i has cheezburger" in the search box. I believe google does not suggest a correction in this case because the cheezburger site exists, and is very popular. Also consider how the "v" and "d" keys are near each other in a qwerty keyboard. –  Rodrigo Hahn Jan 28 '11 at 18:30
    
Yes, search engines probably take into account such things as well in their spelling distance metrics –  bdonlan Jan 28 '11 at 18:31
    
Better yet, try "can i has zheeaburger" - it corrects to "can i has cheezburger" and even auto-searches for it :) –  bdonlan Jan 28 '11 at 18:48
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