What’s in a Name? Allen, Allan, or Allyn?
If you’re human, there’s no need to read this post. It’s not for you, it’s for Google, Bing, and other search engines.
My last name, while not rare, is spelled in the far less common form of “Allyn”. When someone knows my name but doesn’t know the exact spelling or can’t recall it, they search on “Dale Allen” most commonly. The spelling of “Allen” is much more common and what typically comes to mind as someone attempts to spell my last name. So I’m making this post to help Google and Bing et al to know that someone looking for Dale Allen or Dale Allen Photography may actually be looking for me, but they just didn’t know the correct spelling. There are some sneaky methods for dealing with improperly spelled words or names for the benefit of search manipulation, but I’m interested in helping accuracy, so creating a post seems the most polite way to deal with it. This should help those looking for Dale Allen Photo or who misheard the name as David Allen, or maybe even a last name of Allan or Alan.