SanDiegoFreelance - 2:33 am on May 24, 2011 (gmt 0)
I think it is foolish to equate good SEO to mean the most relevant site. It has always been an equation and will remain one while SERPs are created mathematically. If people want to believe that the site that is first is the most relevant - when I am first I will not disagree with them when I am not I may.
It was, is, and will continue to be like the politics of Lilliput in Gulliver's Travels ... the site that does the rope dance the best will win. Now the rope dance includes social signals ... not better or worse than link popularity merely different.