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Hi OldIrish -- Appreciate your concern, but the point of this thread isn't to decide whether or not Google data mining is a good thing, but to try to see what metrics they might be considering. It would be fairly easy for them to mine data regardless of whether or not you actually used any of their products.
Anyone else have any data they'd like to share re pageviews/avg time on site?
[edited by: OldIrish at 6:21 pm (utc) on Apr 19, 2011]
They are mining data
Perhaps they have a way of estimating these metrics for each site based on clickbacks to the SERP pages, subsequent related searches, etc. If they can display a "Block this domain" link when a user hits the back button, then they can also easily track the time a user spends on a site before clicking the "back" button.
Let's try to stick to these two metrics for the purpose of this thread
[edited by: crobb305 at 7:16 pm (utc) on Apr 19, 2011]
I guess I am not interested in the exact numbers, per se, but in whether or not there was a % gain or loss, for the same site, after Panda 1.0/2.0.
I don't see the point - there's not even any proof from the data I'm looking at at that it is even site-wide. I have data that clearly shows its an individual/set of page(s) problem