dickbaker - 1:33 pm on May 3, 2011 (gmt 0)
I've been staring and staring at search results, both for my site and others, and trying to find some commonality. There's the usual on-page factors that have been discussed ad nauseum (thin content, dupe content, etc).
Brett's "user engagement metrics" makes 100% sense. Having said that, I don't see how turning off Analytics or Webmaster Tools would change user engagement or the on-page factors.
If turning either of them off would help, I'd do it in a split second. Does anyone think G can't measure all this without you having an account?
Brett, thank you for outlining your engagement theory. It's the best post I've seen from you since your 12 steps post years ago. (Or maybe you've posted better, but I haven't seen it ;) ).