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What if my new domain is misspelled or has a typo?

Typos and misspellings have happened to all of us at one point or another. Whether it's auto-correct assuming what we need or changing your mind after you've hit send—sometimes we all make mistakes. But what happens if the typo leads to a misspelled domain name? Or if you're about to publish your website and realize the domain you registered doesn't quite fit your vision anymore?

Getting online is an exciting adventure, so don't let the wrong domain spoil your fun. We have some options available to help you land the best domain for your venture.

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Get the domain you need

If you notice you've registered the wrong domain, the most important thing to do is get back out there and grab the correct one. This way you can make sure that your website still gets published, your email starts working and folks can find you online.

Here's how to get started:

  • Search for your correct domain name on the GoDaddy domain search page.
  • Double and triple check the spelling! If you're connected with a GoDaddy Guide, make sure they read it back to you multiple times, just in case.
  • Check out some alternate domain extensions—maybe you'll find a hidden gem that works better for your venture than a traditional .com domain.
  • Grab the extra add-ons if you missed them the first time, such as Domain Protection, email or website.
  • Checkout and move forward with connecting your new domain to your GoDaddy products.

Check out our handy guide for more info on registering the perfect domain.

Keep the misspelled domain and put it to work

If you typed the domain incorrectly, chances are pretty good that someone else will make the same mistake when trying to get to your website. Rather than hoping those folks will catch the typo and fix it themselves, use the misspelled domain to your advantage. Set up domain forwarding on the misspelled domain and automatically redirect visitors to the correct domain.

Don't worry about losing these potential customers and automatically send them over to the correct spot. This can help increase traffic to your site, build trust with visitors and could help boost your SEO performance.

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List the misspelled domain for sale

You might be able to add a little cash into your pocket by listing that typo'ed domain for sale on the Domain Aftermarket. People who regularly buy and sell domains, called domain investors, often look for common misspellings of popular domains. If you decide not to forward the misspelled domain, selling it might be a good alternative.

It only takes a few minutes to list a domain for sale, and you could make a decent profit. Take an unfortunate situation and turn it into something fruitful with GoDaddy's List for Sale option.

Cancel the domain

If none of the above options works for your, you can always cancel the wrong domain from your GoDaddy account. This will completely remove the domain from your account after a short time and make it available for someone else to potentially register. Once the domain is removed from your account, the registry will release it back to the pool of available domains after some time.

You may be eligible for a refund after cancelling a domain, in certain situations. Many of the common domain extensions, such as .com, .net, and .org, are eligible for a full refund if the domain is cancelled within 5 days of initial registration. Review our refund policy for more detail to verify if you're eligible and contact a GoDaddy Guide to get that processed.

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What's next?

Don't get discouraged if you've suddenly discovered that the domain you just registered is misspelled. Remember, you've got options! We recommend setting up domain forwarding to catch any visitors that might make the same typo. And if you ever get stuck, our GoDaddy Guides are always here to help.

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