suggy - 5:03 pm on Aug 10, 2011 (gmt 0)
It has been discussed at length these metrics are becoming more and more part of the site rankings.
Talk is cheap and everyone knows that much of Google's advice is actually wishful thinking (what they want from us) rather than based on real factors tested within the algo.
I'd love to believe in site metrics, but how the heck can the resilience of dead pages (or plain terrible pages) in plenty of searches be explained? I've seen pages that should have been torched on this basis but with each panda iteration they rise!