I've had a fair number of questions today about the tool I mentioned at the U of Toronto called Topic [cs.toronto.edu].
Topic was developed by the U to study link context and web page reputation. It shows just how easy it is for the search engines to determine what your website is about from a few simple criteria.
What it does:
a) does a search on altavista for "links:yourdomain".
b) it looks at up 500 returned results.
c) it does NOT download those pages. It only connects to altavista.
d) it takes the search results and indexes the results.
e) it throws out the stop words found in the results.
f) by indexing the results it can come up with the top 10'ish primary keywords found in page titles and descriptions leading back to your site.
f) it will also download the page at the url you entered, and index
it only for display comparisons.
From that info, it will display a short word list. For example, lets look at what Topic returns for Search Engine World.com:
Query : searchengineworld.com
Loading pages from Alta Vista 5604 terms extracted from 347 incoming links examined ( out of 604 links available) 46 links were found duplicates and were removed
The page is known for:
( 6.20857e-05 ) Download
( 5.15886e-05 ) Search engines
( 6.83832e-06 ) mp3
( 1.92028e-06 ) guide
( 1.73235e-06 ) Discount
( 1.58995e-06 ) Promotion
( 1.53808e-06 ) Jewelry
( 1.28865e-06 ) vacation
( 1.24408e-06 ) Free
( 8.83957e-07 ) traffic
( 7.30114e-07 ) Tips
( 6.79685e-07 ) Friends
( 5.63267e-07 ) domain
( 3.81656e-07 ) Website
( 3.64114e-07 ) Tools
( 3.47925e-07 ) designer
( 3.47352e-07 ) experience
( 3.34078e-07 ) Categories
( 3.32846e-07 ) Rental
The page content:
( 9.17414e-06 ) engines
( 9.88704e-07 ) Search Engine
( 6.28938e-07 ) traffic
( 3.20817e-07 ) Tips
( 1.9782e-07 ) Tools
The returned scientific numbers show you how each word relates to each other and should be used only as a gauge.
Notice some of the stray words that don't appear to be ontopic with search engine world? Jewelry, Mp3, vacation, rental?! That is what Buddy Links was doing to us.
Other sites of ours not in Buddy Links show a set of words right on topic (theme).
That is how easy it is for a search engine to perform a context links check on a shoe string budget. Easy peasy. It is one of the primary reasons I concluded Buddy Links.
As I said in the email, I've been working on a similar tool that should be online later in the week.