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In the past one of my sites had "similars" that fairly accurately reflected what the site is about but had one or two oddballs. Now it lists all of my main competitors with no erroneous ones. It is spot on.
Some competitors (the ones that are not very cleaver in their choice of sites that they purchased links from) used to have quite a few outliers in their similar results but now their similar profile is very accurate from a market watcher perspective.
I've checked other sites I have and they all have a much better/almost perfect similar list.
Has this already been discussed and I missed it?
tedster They give much fuller link data in your WebmasterTools, but that's for the verified site owner - and that's intentional. They are just not going to surface large amounts of link data for people to research any website at all.
Even what is shown in Webmaster tools is only 30% of the links in my case.
What would be interesting would be if we could work out on what basis the selection for link: and in Webmaster tools is selected. Are those selections indicative of something?
I suspect that Google is intentionally restricting this information even to the site owners themselves, to prevent them from using it to evaluate the success of their various artificial link-building efforts.
If the #1 result deserves its place as I think it is in my case ;-) then IMO the related: search actually produces a better top 10 than are returned by standard SERPS. It could be a good way of producing a new search engine technique. First find the best site/page for a search then find others that are similar. Someone from Google recently let slip that they would like to move towards providing one correct answer to a search. This would be better, one correct answer and 30 similar ones, take your pick.