I'm hoping you can help me with some information on the like:mydomain.com search on AltaVista. I'm getting inconsistent results with it, and I'd like to understand a little more about what's going on behind the scenes.
For instance, I've checked several sites that have many pages listed in AltaVista and also rank well. However, for many of those sites a search for like:theirname.com reveals no results.
Then, ironically, for some of those sites it seems that searching for like:www.theirdomain.com does reveal results.
I've found that Av differentiates between mydomain.com and www.mydomain.com whenever a "rankcheck" is performed different results occur. I've also had both mydomain.com and www.mydoamin.com indexed at the same time (subsequently one of them was dropped and the rank was lowered).
I'm familiar with the www on AV, but even though I mentioned that aspect I guess my question could really be expressed more simply. I'd just like to know why some sites seem to work with the like: search and others don't.
Then, taking that one step farther does the distinction (one way or the other) tell me anything about the site's placement in the database?