TheOptimizationIdiot - 8:11 pm on May 1, 2013 (gmt 0)
So should I keep the change and hope that rankings improve because of the 'happier' visitors that Google sees...
How do you think Google can actually "see" the difference?
They have repeatedly stated they do not have access to Analytics data to use in the algo, and if they did, switching from Analytics would "close their eyes", so how are you thinking they have any clue your visitors visited another page on your site more frequently than before you made the change?
And, if they did know, how could they definitively interpret another page view which gives you a lower bounce rate indicates the visitor is happier with the result when it could just as easily indicate the visitor couldn't find what they were looking for on the landing page so they viewed another page meaning it was worse result for the query after the change?
Bottom Line: I'd try to make sure visitors are finding what they're looking for easily and forget about trying to manipulate numbers Google likely doesn't have access to algorithmically and if they do have access to them interpreting what they indicate correctly at a high enough rate to be used in scoring is very unlikely.