jeyKay - 9:05 pm on May 5, 2011 (gmt 0)
That is a facinating look into the theoretical mind of Google BT, but with all due respect, I don't see how all those metrics really boil down to how Google currently sees user intent. Its just a tad over doing it on the analytical side, don't you think?
I'm sure it is amusing to think that Google can conjure up such an elaborate way of algorithmically serving results using all those metrics, but looking at the SERPs before and after the Panda update, it seems to me that it really does boil down to a handful of factors. I still think links (irrelevant or not) are the major factor, but i believe those were simply a threshold for the ones who were to lose versus gain in a "content fight". So for instance, if you had lots of links, with the same content as another, you would most likely gain rather than lose. There is still tons of crap sites ranking right now, and if the quality of one's site reflected through user behavior was really a metric Google used, I highly doubt the SERPS would look as they do now. At least from my viewpoint.