hitchhiker - 6:39 am on Jun 21, 2013 (gmt 0)
@frankleeceo - that's a great piece of advice, the same advice a lot of us have followed for a long long time.
Are your sites relatively new? What sort of niches are you in? What are your pageviews? What is your medium? - If you trip an invisible wire, you're gone.
For me: 12 years, education, 110k a day now, forum/UGC.
I sincerely hope your 'theory' is correct - but the evidence suggests it's not. The evidence suggests we are experiencing a multitude of overly aggressive signals designed to combat SPAM, not designed to reward quality.
Again, just our limited perspective. But if I show you my site, and the sites of my competitors. You'll have a very hard time proving your case. We've spent 12 years creating an AWESOME community with a bounce rate of 12% - that's a heavy metric. We're not being rewarded for that work, we're being punished aggressively.
I hope you're never on this side of the fence. Either way, may your winning streak continue. Just don't fall into the trap of thinking it's all about reasonable metrics - it probably is 'up to a point' - then it's suddenly not.