I noticed recently that for my sig site, waste-some-time.com, while I was receiving no visitors from Google for the keyphrase "waste some time", I was receiving a few for "wast some time", ie with a typo. I checked these results out, and not only does Google pick up the typo and have its "Did you mean..." part, but it also highlighted the *whole* of the word waste in the results.
My site is relatively new, and if you believe all you read, then this means its going to be subject to some age-related penalisation in the SERPs. It appears nowhere close to the top for searches "waste some time", yet is ranked third for "wast some time". Given that it appears, to all intents and purposes, that Google treats these two queries as one and the same, I propose that the query "wast some time" reflects the results as they would be were an age related penalty, or the sandbox as it can be called, not in place.
As such, SEO efforts on new sites can be evaluated by using a typo as a query, as this will discount any penalisation due to the sites age.
What are your thoughts on this?