Joined: 13 Jun 06
04 Dec 09 11:11 am
I find that for most niches the results are highly relevant. However, even if they aren't relevant, gaining ANY links from .edu or .gov sites is hugely valuable, even if they are irrelevant.
For instance, I gained an irrelevant link to one of my affiliate sites recently from a .gov website. I simply made a highly relevant reply to a question that they asked (I had to spend about 10 mins on google looking up the answer to their question and crafting my response, as I didn't want a moderator to remove it). Then in my signature, I linked to my website using some crafty wording.
Within 2 weeks google had picked up my link; and my rankings for that keyword are already on the move upwards (will have to wait another couple of weeks and build a few more links to see it hit page one, but it has gone from page 7 to page 2).
Relevancy is hugely important, but when it comes to .edu and .gov domains, I'll take what I can get as they are very powerful links to get no matter what the relevancy. Just make sure you make relevant comments on the pages you comment on, so that your comments get accepted and not moderated out.
That said, the tool usually does find websites that are highly relevant to the keyword phrase you enter.