tedster - 10:20 pm on May 22, 2008 (gmt 0) It's quite worth an experiment - I'll listen for news of your results.
You may be on to something, annej. One of the characteristic signs I've seen in many sites that seem "unfairly' penalized is the long, laundry list style of menu. That alone is a caution for me about trying to make the traditional menu cary too much weight. And there's no doubt that links in the content area carry some clout.
It's quite worth an experiment - I'll listen for news of your results.