What I mean is taking a new page of content that is on-page SEO'ed, but has no backlinks yet from anywhere, and just pushing traffic directly to it from non-search engine sources. I wonder if just the influx of traffic from those other sources would be enough to improve your ranking at Google for your main keyword. It's my understanding that Google does look pretty closely at traffic patterns and sources. That "understanding" may be wrong, but I've read it and thought maybe someone here had tested it and would be willing to share the results.
It's not really SEO, per se, but it would be interesting to learn if getting lots of traffic to a new page - in the absence of lots of backlinks (or really any backlinks) - can in and of itself move a page up in the SERPs.
Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?