Typosquatting test

What does it do?

Test whether likely variations (typos) of the domain name for this website are registered, by whom, and whether they may be abusing this. This practice is known as typosquatting.

Example results

Example of typosquatting test results

Why is it important?

In some cases, over 50% of the traffic which goes to a domain name goes to common typos of that same domain name. For example, www.gogle.com and www.gooogle.com. Many nefarious organizations make a living from registering likely typos for popular websites, and then selling competing products, services or advertising on those domains. Try most popular brands with a common typo, such as www.generlmotors.com.

How is it measured?

Sitebeam looks at the domain name used for the website, and calculates a list of the most likely typos based on variations of that domain. Typically these include things like: swapping adjacent characters, omitting a character and common phonetic misspellings.

Sitebeam then checks each of these possible domain names to see if they are being used, and if so, do they appear to be legitimate. Most people abusing domain names use certain tell-tale signs on their websites, in particular they have a tendency to use the correctly spelt word, but not link to the correct website. There are other potential signals, such as text like “domain for sale” which Sitebeam recognizes.

The final score starts at a perfect 10, and is reduced slightly where typosquatter use is detected. The score does not affect any summary scores, but can be useful for tracking improvements in dealing with typosquatters over time.

How to use this test effectively

This test does not need to be checked frequently. Generally we recommend you run it for any domain name that you have not tested before, and where possible purchase the unused domain names and point them to your main domain name (this is more of a risk for high profile brands).

Impact on Summary Scores

This test doesn’t effect any Summary Scores.

Further reading

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