From Now On, We’ll Be Known as Nlsn/NtRtings
Looks like vowels won’t be the only accoutrements to be tossed aside in the rise of Web 2.0. The venerable page view is to be abandoned as well. This morning measurement firm Nielsen/NetRatings said it will no longer use page views as its primary metric for comparing sites, but will instead rank them by total user time spent onsite.
Anyway … one possible result of Nielsen’s adoption of time onsite as its primary metric of audience measurement will be a decline in rank for Google. After all, no one really spends much time on the site. We visit, conduct our search, and then we’re off. That said, the company could probably care less about such things. If Google has taught us anything, it’s that the most meaningful metric for success on the Web is not page views, but profitability.