Martin_Ice_Web - 10:47 am on Jul 11, 2013 (gmt 0)
rango, there is one point that does not match to your scenario. Poeple tend to click on the first 3 results ( >90% of all clicks ) this would lead to the fact that the first three sites would get stronger and stronger no matter if they are relvant for the user.
And one user searches for read apples and one for the red tomatos both get to the same site. One ignores it one not? It depend all of search intent. That is what g* tries to guess.
MC said they getter signals from the big brands. I tend to think that this are signals that are not easy/simple to get.
This Signal must be very strong because if you have it then you are a winner if you donīt have it you are a black hat.
Right after first Panda and penguin this brands showed up and get stronger with every update.
It is amazing to see that one big brand in my niche Shows up for every related query on page #1. This brand has a subdomain with the same widget but without prices but link to the domain. Both Domain/subdomain are ranking very well.
I think we have to look outsite search/user metrics to find this signal.
-established before ecom