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As I understand it (someone please correct me if I'm wrong):
A theme ranking engine would be one where the engine looks at your site's main keyword/phrases, and the main keywords/phrases of sites with links leading to your site (including, sometimes, the text used for those incoming links), and determines what your site's overall "theme" is based on all those factors.
ie: If you have a telecom site, and other sites linking to you were all about telecom-related topics, your site should have a high theme relevance for telecom topics. However, if all the sites linking to you were about multi- level marketing, your site would end up with a theme more related to M L M schemes than to telecom topics.
If you mean a specialized engine that only addresses a certain topic are, or theme... that would simply (for instance) be a website with an index or directory of ONLY telecom related sites.
I hope that made sense...
Interesting development with the last Google update.
A brand new site, very small and heavily themed, was *found* by Google through a link at the top of a portfolio page at the end of December. 623,00 results for the 4 word search term. The site linking to the new one has zero references to that search term, except in that one place. The new site now sits at #1 for the term, but what's interesting is that the page linking to it is #11 under the same term. The linking site has nothing whatsoever to do with that search term, but the words were used in the text link and the brief description immediately following.
Bonus found in the Google cache - "home" is part of the search term, and they picked up and highlighted the link back to the index page at the bottom of the page - text link says "home" so somehow I suppose it got tied in.
Every page on the target site is linked back to the index page of the one with the portfolio page.
Similar result for another site linked to from the same page, but lower. The linking out page has changed since, but it's the latest version as of end of December.
I've got that part, but it's driving me crazy trying to figure out what that portfolio page is doing there - based on one site linking, none others even similar linking, and the site is *nothing* whatsoever about that - only reference is in that one place, one time.
BOTH of the aspects mivox mentioned should be figured in for theming to place it there, and one is totally missing.
The question is, how much weight can one site linking possibly have? This page is like totally irrelevant being there, except for one paragraph on one page with what amounts to one reciprocal link with a site in a totally different type of category - the category it's listed in.
A link from one site put it there? OK..one other site linking contains the the second word on one page in the four word specific phrase - it still doesn't compute.
Well, it only took one site's link to bring the GW Bush merchandise site to #1 for dumb m.f., so I gues one site can have quite a great deal of influence.
It seems Google has a bit of fine tuning to do on the linkage part of their algo.