AlexB77 - 11:11 am on Aug 11, 2011 (gmt 0)
User metrics is in fact a key factor.
why WOULDN'T a webmaster work to improve things like bounce rate, page views per visit, average time on the site, etc? Surely these have always been a valuable tool in the website success toolbox, right?
Tedster is absolutely right.
Panda 2.4 is not running just yet and would not be until the end of August, but the date is still unknown even to G. staff at this stage, but what is known is that there are few major changes in algo based on the information collected since February up until July.
As we have all already witness the major changes in Page Rank first in June and second in August, this has already provided us with lot more information than we can only think about see the example below based on my main site stats
Page 1 - 150,000 unique visitors/m -P/R 4 - NO user engagement obvious signals - dropped to P/R 2 after 27th of July
Page 2 - 55,000 unique visitors/m -P/R 3 - 25,000 Twitter posts, 8,00 facebook likes, 93 +1s, also Digg and Delicious posts and shares - whentt up to P/R 5 after 27th of July.
Content on both pages is about red widgets on page 1 and about blue widgets on page 2, but red widgets are downloaded lot more frequently than my blue ones.
the question is still being unanswered, but at least stats are going up slowly but surely.