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Brinked, user factors have always played a small role, yes. But they don't now. They play a much larger role today than they did a few months ago. THAT is why Panda is so different and THAT is why there is so much collateral damage.
[edited by: tedster at 8:06 pm (utc) on May 30, 2011]
The winners? A few major sites that sucked traffic from 100+ others. Did they deserve to gain all that traffic? Absolutely not. But the metrics Google used made that happen, and content didn't hold as much weight.
I can give you my reasons. First, user data is a great place to look for signs of quality. But even more, starting last fall Matt Cutts made several comments (including a video) where he adviwsed webmasters not to chase the algorithm but to chase their users instead.
reminds me of watching Tomorrow's World (a future-gazing British television series that ran for years).same in my Eagle comic - everyone had a jet car !
I can't remember the last time I saved a webpage to my harddrive or printed it out?!