>Nice to see you here again Danny
thanks Black Knight, NFFC :)
> The easiest way to see that, is put in your domain name and see what "related sites" the engine thinks you are related too. In Google, that would probably be the ODP link that pops up.
I'd make a couple of distinctions. If you just put in a domain name at Google, you'll see what your home page is related to, but other pages inside your web site may be related to other topics. So say I do this:
There you are, Brett -- right at the top. Now I could use the ODP "category" link as you suggest, but all that's telling me is that Google realizes that this particular URL is also listed in its directory.
Instead, it's really the "Similar pages" option that gets Google to use its algorithm to try and figure out what pages seem to be like a particular page, in terms of content.
Doing that gets this:
and we see that Webmaster World is deemed to be like other sites that cover search engines broadly, especially in terms of webmaster advice. Makes sense.
Now let's say I decide to see what happens for other pages from Webmaster World. I click on the [More results from www.webmasterworld.com] link and get:
Then I choose the "Directories: ODP, Looksmart, About.com: Webmaster World" page's "Similar pages" link:
Now the results are much different than what I got for the Webmaster World home page, and that makes sense. This second page is all about directories, rather than search engines in general.
Interestingly, I'd always understood "similar pages" to be looking at a page, understanding the words on the page and trying to find other pages that seemed like it. Instead, looking at these two results, you get more the impression that Google is depending on link
> Teoma, would be the "related" links at the top. Same with WiseNut.
Agree entirely. And the super easy way to check on what's related to any page at Google is to skip the Similar pages links and just use the related: command, such as:
AltaVista does it:
Haven't seen any power commands like the others, but they might be out there.