Andem - 3:05 am on Apr 30, 2011 (gmt 0)
>> Is this possibly a "NO" vote that will go into the site's profile? G is assuming, I believe, that since we followed a link and bailed back, there is something we don't like about that whole domain.
I'm an experienced 'searcher' and sometimes I will merely browse through the results, check each one out and eventually find my way to the most irrelevant result and waste much time there.. just because it looks like it may have something I may be looking for. More often than not, I find that I've wasted my time reading rubbish just because the first few sentences made at least some sense and the web site design looked good.
I surely hope that if I wasted my time on such rubbish, went back (again) to the search results and finally did find what I wanted somewhere else in a result I originally dismissed, it doesn't have a negative effect on a web site (or page), just because a rubbish article gained some points because I wasted my time with it!
Admittedly, most people I know will "Google" something, click the first or second result, usually the spammiest looking thing and then rarely read any of the actual content and come up with a magical 'answer' to what they're looking for.. or click an ad. Often the latter.
As someone familiar even with boolean queries, I hope Google doesn't start using user metrics, because users seem to eventually choose the worst, spammiest results.
Honestly, I miss what Google had to offer with its flexibility. I wish FAST Search still offered their tools on AllTheWeb because they really did have some cool technology and something to compete with G.