System: The following 4 messages were spliced on to this thread from: http://www.webmasterworld.com/google/3009357.htm [webmasterworld.com] by tedster - 5:57 pm on July 15, 2006 (EDT -4) Just saw that after the last backlink update the related: command brings zero result to my site as well as many others. Anybody knows something about it?
From the sites that I checked out the reduction was to improve quality (at least that's the idea, I'm sure). Some of the "related" pages before the update really weren't related at all, but now they seem to have taken a step forward in actual relational analysis. Still, as with any automated process, I'm sure there are holes that will soon be exploited.
I expect that the relational update is part of the larger battle against link spam. If they can devalue unrelated links they can weed out some of the spammers. I wonder how they're viewing relationship, though. Some ideas aren't in the same industry, but still have good reason to link to each other.