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Microsoft Buys Bing Typos:,, and Others


Microsoft BingIn a shrewd move that many (probably most) companies don’t consider before launching a new product or service, Microsoft went ahead and purchased many Bing related typo domain names prior to launch. Some of the domain names now owned by Microsoft include,,,, and

All of these typo domain names were previously owned by other people and companies before Microsoft acquired them. One common link between these names is that it appears they were acquired by a company known as Media Market of Boise, Idaho between being owned by the former owner and Microsoft. You can see the Whois lookup for from February as an example.

One interesting domain acquisition they made was The reason it’s particularly interesting to me is that it was previously owned by General Mills, another Fortune 500 company.

Unfortunately, there were many Bing typos that Microsoft didn’t and/or couldn’t acquire. Among them include,,,, and I don’t know if the traffic increase can be linked directly with the Bing launch, but just look at the Compete scores for, and after May.

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Comments (6)

    Daniel Dryzek

    And they don’t have 😉

    October 17th, 2009 at 8:09 pm


    Daniel and Elliot, I guess they have read this and figured out they have to do something with typos.

    October 19th, 2009 at 2:23 am


    Dear Elliot,

    I think Microsoft (Aaron Kornblum) has always been very sensitive to their trademarks.

    Microsoft has more than 25.000 typos.

    October 22nd, 2009 at 3:15 pm


    Na… This is not a new thing… Seen this story before -about four years ago – regarding Yahoo search.
    try –



    and many others…. You will be taken to Yahoo….

    April 20th, 2012 at 3:28 am

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