tedster - 3:46 pm on Mar 24, 2012 (gmt 0)
Clearly, Google bases their organic ranking changes on user data. If user data is good, then that correlates with healthy financial numbers. But the organic search team does not directly track finances.
If webmasters devote themselves to the same goal - user satisfaction - then over time they also can see financial and ranking success, because both Google and Bing are quite focused on measuring how well a site satisfies its visitors.
IMO it's more important to focus on users than it ever was in the past. User focus IS the new SEO.