goodroi - 7:48 pm on Jul 3, 2013 (gmt 0)
When I talk about quality, I think more about a general concept. Having a mindset that looks at something and asks how can we do this better?
By providing a better experience, a website will increase the chances of more people coming to the website and staying longer. This will then lead to quality signals which tend to boost the Google rankings which often are no longer important because the site has already developed a strong following of loyal users going directly to the site.
If I bult webzites that loooked like garbage, and provided lil or no valued then it would just scared away users and making it near impossssible to attract people willing to link to it. - That is why spelling and proper grammar is very important to me. Once you cover those basics, then ask yourself what are you offering that isn't provided on 100 other websites. It is very hard to come up with a good reason to not provide a great user experience.
I do not think Google directly rewards sites with the highest quality or authority. The sites that provide the best user experience tend to generate certain signals that Google does directly reward.