---- Google algo moves away from links, towards traffic patterns
gregbo - 3:59 am on Apr 13, 2006 (gmt 0)
Seos and website owners are the only people in the world doing that stuff for all practical purposes, try to think like average searchers, nobody here is an average searcher, the overwhelming majority of users does a search, then either stays on the page, looks at it for a bit, or comes back right away. I believe the patent application referred to this exact behavior though I can't remember the exact wording.
What about people who are shopping for something? They may go to several sites from more than one SERP before they find what they were looking for.