jimbeetle - 4:29 pm on Oct 5, 2012 (gmt 0)
I think most of us can safely determine a low vs good fairly well these days and have a good grasp on it.
No, we really can't, and I think this thread shows just that. We have no idea how Google is measuring quality. Take some of the factors in the thread I referenced some number of posts above that Google or any other SE *might* use to measure quality:
A Mathematical Model for Assessing Page Quality
Behavioral score of page – How people perceive a page is a big indicator of the quality of the page. This can be measured by analyzing the user behavior. Some of the factors that are traditionally used are –
1. Conversion score
2. Bounce rate
3. Number of page views
4. Number of repeat visitors to this page
5. How many people add products to cart after visiting this page?
6. Average amount of time that is spend on this page.
Now, that' just how a user interacts with the page. What about throwing in how the site now interacts with the user, it's social profile? And, even more intriguing to me, is the possibility of the "are you who you really say you are?" entity analysis. Google has put in a huge effort on this over the past few years.
The Next Generation SEO thread [webmasterworld.com] touches on a few more of the things we have to think about going forward.