donna130 - 6:28 am on Nov 6, 2011 (gmt 0)
First, thanks for your answer.
By the way, I don't necessarily think my idea is clever and I don't fool myself that I'm the first one to think of. It was just a suggestion I'm throwing out for discussion.
Second, honestly, I don't really understand your response perfectly. It was slightly over my head. You suggested some interesting schemes. They seemed a bit complicated to me, but are probably cake-walk for an SE engineer.
Maybe we got a little ahead of ourselves. Let me take a step back and ask THIS NEW QUESTION:
Assuming a webmaster (just a hypothetical) does NOT use Google Analytics conversion code, in what OTHER ways does Google (just using as example only) use to track our website conversions so that they can rank a certain URL higher for a certain keyword in the SERPs since it will have been "proven"..."more relevant"? Do they ALREADY do this? If so, please provide a list 1,2,3 of how they capitalize on this data. Assume user does not have Google Analytics (if that matters).
For example, when someone searches for a term "A" and clicks on URL/website "B" and then makes a purchase, how, if at all, does the SE capitalize on this information?
I know that it's all about information, so I know it would be foolish to think that the SEs do NOT get this data somehow. How do they get it?
Summary: Outside of Google Analytics conversion code we would put on our site, does Google (example only) have any OTHER ways they track our conversions, for themselves? and if so, what are those ways?