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The Google related: Command

Strange results, should I be worried?

     
12:30 am on Mar 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member billys is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



I was just looking though sitemap and the index stats page shows all of the standard Google commands such as site: and link:. Out of couriosity I ran the site: command.

In the past, I used to see those websites that were in the same Dmoz category as my website. I'm looking at these today and they really don't make much sense to me. The Google definition is:

Pages that are similar to your site - uses the related: operator to return a sample list of pages that we consider similar to your site.

Should I be worried about the results of the related: command? Is anyone else seeing strange results since Big Daddy rolled out? Is there any "trick" to helping Google figure out which sites are actually related to your site?

4:36 am on Mar 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member tedster is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



Yes, the related operator gives some very squirrelly results these days -- in some cases. As a general rule, the more loosely related your inbound links are, the more difficulty Google has seeing important relationships. But some of the Big Daddy data looks like it may be suffering from more than off-topic backlinks.
10:03 am on Mar 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Last year, I asked a backlink from a webmaster for whom I offered some services. She complied, generously! She gave me a site-run backlink in the footer area. The site was template-driven.

And now, although they have nothing in common, Google thinks that her site(s) are related.

I also observed that the number of pages containing a particular backlink is a critical factor in determining "related" pages. I just checked my related pages, and I saw that all related sites have more than one page with a backlink to my site, without exception. Even some directories are counted as related, as they have multiple pages (under different categories) with a link to my site.

But this is an isolated observation, and needs confirmation to be generalized.

11:35 am on Mar 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member billys is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



>>I also observed that the number of pages containing a particular backlink is a critical factor in determining "related" pages.

I'm seeing this too. For example, several of the "related" sites are where my RSS feeds are located. To say my site is similar to a site that publishes RSS feeds is silly.

1:12 pm on Mar 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I see one of the my site that shows two-three UNRELATED site with the command related.

Those UNRELATED sites do not have any link pointing to my site. I am a little bit worried because those UNRELATED sites are medicine sites....

11:29 pm on Mar 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member billys is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



>>I am a little bit worried because those UNRELATED sites are medicine sites....

That's my question. How worried should we be if the sites are not related?

6:23 am on Mar 31, 2006 (gmt 0)

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The related command shows your actuall web cluster.

If many sites link to yours, you might also see other site that the sites linking in to you are linking to.

(How to make sense of this?)

Your site: A

If B, C and D links to your site and also link to X and Y, then X and Y will be seen as related to your site. (A, B and C might or might not show up as related though, unless they have good PR.)

8:28 am on Mar 31, 2006 (gmt 0)

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As mentioned it's basically a thumbnail of your linkage, it never worked as intended as it was based on the premise that linking would be topical ;-)
 

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