rango - 9:57 am on Jul 13, 2013 (gmt 0)
If you type Fishing Flies ito the search box and Google returns websites about flying fish, is the problem with the quality of the websites or the quality of the algorithm?
Yes, I do agree this is a problem. And it possibly also is why so many Panda recovery strategies are focussed on weeding out non-relevant pages and ensuring only the good content is indexed (and for the correct terms). Google has undoubtedly gone from a "we'll sort it all out" approach to a "let the webmaster do the work" approach. And this actually ties in just fine with that for them.
I visited a site earlier where I looked at just one page and then for only about 15 seconds.
It told me exactly what I wanted to know.
What does Google infer about "quality" from that 15-second one-page visit?
I don't think you understood my points at all. My theory accounts for this, because in your situation Google would not infer anything about quality. Yet. But when that domain is boosted up the results later - maybe up to 2nd spot - and you decide to skip over it and click on result no.3. Well then Google can infer something. Not just on your actions of course. But on the actions of thousands of people it adds up.
I tend not to think that Google makes any decision based on bounces alone, because it's just far too messy a thing to use.
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.
Actually, this matches fine with my theory. Say you have 3 results displayed to the user and result no.1 is a personalised result. If the viewer skips that site and goes to result no.2 then this is a solid indication (particularly if repeated more than once) that result no.1 is not worthy and the user is choosing not to visit it because they don't like the site. So I don't really see the problem. This is really only affecting those sites that are boosted because of personalised queries - not the ones ones that are in 1,2,3 with no boosting going on.