Robin Cannon in Search Engine Journal asks the somewhat puzzling question, âIs Google Trumping The URL?â Apparently more and more people use Google to find websites than type in the URL in the address bar of their browser. As he says:
When thereâs a simple box to fill in with your search term, and you know exactly what youâre looking, why bother to use the address bar? If statistics on popular searches are anything to go by, it looks like many people arenât bothering with that inconvenient âwwwâ and â.comâ and are just going straight through Google.
Using the Google search box instead of the address bar opens up a whole new world. Typing in only the domain name without the dot-com may or may not bring you to the dot-com website. It all depends what Google feels is the most relevant result for the word you have typed in. If you can get your dot-net, dot-org or dot-ca website to be #1 in Google, then youâll win the searcherâs click. Dot-com domains are no longer invincible on the web. As so often happens, the Internet with Googleâs help is levelling the playing field.