TheMadScientist - 5:47 am on Mar 1, 2011 (gmt 0)
--what are your bounce rates like
Mine on one site are close to 100% is that bad? (I think it's good. It tells me people found what they needed without looking all over the place. That's how it should be isn't it? Maybe a high bounce rate isn't always such a bad thing?)
--are people hitting the back button quickly
Yeah, this could be an issue if it's constant, but we're talking about constant < 2 or 3 second visits for it to send a 'more reliable' signal. (IMO) And yours aren't are they?
--is the page "thin"
You said the answer is no already.
I added and edited a bunch, so we could have been posting at the same time, so let me repeat this: They rank pages for queries, not entire sites.
If you want to look at behavior data wrt rankings, look at the page stats, not the site stats as a whole... They're going to rank a page for the query, so the stats related to that page would for the specific query would be the ones that matter if they use it, not the site as a whole, imo.
BTW: I read somewhere Matt Cutts said the 'over-optimization penalty' was what people got from spending too much time on SEO message boards, or something to that effect ... I really think you're in danger of giving yourself one, because those are definitely self induced and it sounds like you're talking about fixing something that's not broken, imo.