tedster - 8:14 pm on Jun 28, 2012 (gmt 0) [edited by: tedster at 10:10 pm (utc) on Jun 28, 2012]
They're somehow getting the stats via the browser...
Some ISPs are also willing to sell their user data, or so I've heard. And then there's the free wi-fi that Google sponsors here and there. Plenty user data for them via that avanue, I'd think.
One problem I see in this discussion we're having is that some people are actually doing the experiment and looking at their Exit Rates, comparing that to Panda-smacked pages. Other people are trying to discuss this in an abstract, theoretical way.
The opening post makes it clear that claaarky was NOT being abstract. This was a personal journey done in concrete terms with real data on a real website - and one that matters for his livelihood. Theoretical discussion is pretty much beside the point, then, isn't it?
I just looked into one site that Panda hurt, and I do see I strong correlation between Exit Rate and harshly demoted pages. It's not 100% - more like 75% - but that makes the data worth taking quite seriously, I think - whether it fits into my theories of how Google works or not.
[edited by: tedster at 10:10 pm (utc) on Jun 28, 2012]