TheMadScientist - 1:10 am on Aug 18, 2010 (gmt 0)
Yeah, I would say the generics do just fine... The search I just did for the 3 word phrase in seo spelled out showed 0 with the keyword(s). 3 with the abbreviation and 7 without the keywords even in the domain name at all.
IMO there is much more that goes into rankings these days than simply the link count... I think looking and thinking 'I have the most links, so I should rank better' are either over on definitely on their way out...
I would look closely at other factors involved, and as far as links go, it could be dependent to some extent on the age of the links involved with each site, the churn of the links involved each site, the 'power' of the links involved with each site, the internal linking of each site, the pages the links to each site go to, the topicality of the pages containing the links to each site, and on and on and on... It's not a 'one factor game' any more, IMO.