staninbrooklyn - 10:55 pm on May 12, 2010 (gmt 0)
I think that this new layout will affect your traffic much differently depending upon the type of site. For example, if you have a celebrity blog and you're listed high on the "blog" section of the left-side layout, you might find increased traffic because a searcher may now bypass the "shopping" and the "news" section. However, if you are selling movie posters, you may lose a lot of traffic because searchers that previously clicked on your site to look for images, may now just click "images" to the left and never see your site at all. I would wager that "image-heavy" sites are seeing a lot of traffic where searchers view an image file but never view the site at all.