diberry - 3:21 pm on Jun 28, 2012 (gmt 0)
The fact that I haven't recovered from Panda yet (having only just started fixing my site on this basis a few days ago) is obviously getting in the way.
The other part of it is your tendency to just dismiss or not really address any points that show holes in your theory. Just looking at the last page:
Martin Ice Web is right: if his bounce and exit rates went up in response to Panda, that implies something about Panda.
Shaddows' point is also good, and it's wrong to advise people to only think about user experience when dealing with affiliate links. What has the "nofollow" tag Cutts advises us to slap on those got to do with user experience? It's very clear we can't just focus on user experience if we're affiliates.
Leosghost points out that Ehow doesn't belong at the top, going by your theory, and you're not answering how that's happening.
And I shared with you the fact that I improved my exit rate situation, and got Penguinized. All my user metrics were pointing to ever-improving visitor experiences, and Google's response was that I must be a spammer to be improving those metrics that much.
These are points that need more discussion.