I like Majestic SEO, there is no doubt about that (a lot of people do). I like it a whole lot better than OSE to be honest and I made a small study comparing both tools. I didn’t only do it because I like Majestic SEO, I also did it becasue I was heading to Seattle for SMX Advanced and I knew I’d run in to Rand Fishkin.
This is what I wanted to do. I wanted to rank for the keyword Open Site Explorer, with a position good enough so it couldn’t be ignored and there was an opening. The Open Site Explorer-site itself is a tough nut, exact match domain, ranked number one etc but the SEOMoz.org was having problems at the time. From what I could tell they had ended up with some sort of filter for the phrase.
By publishing at the right time and having a generally strong blog I managed to achieve the following situation (this blog is ranking number 4 today, better at the SMX advanced conference):
Except from adding a lot of content to the post, I really didn’t do anything. Majestic was friendly enough to give me a pingback-link but that’s it. Of course there was some QDF (Query deserves freshness) involved and it probably wouldn’t have been possible (without a lot more effort, anything can be done with budget and effort) without the problems on SEOMoz.org.
I’m certain Rand is not to happy about this, the only thing he said to me when a friend explained was “I find that very hard to believe”