crobb305 - 10:36 pm on Apr 14, 2011 (gmt 0)
I don't think having just an "ad atop every page" is an issue. Can you point out any site which doesn't have an ad at the top of the page?
I agree completely - ads in and of themselves are probably not the issue. JohnMu even told us back in March that ads didn't play a big role in the algorithms [seroundtable.com...] From a user's perspective, what I am seeing on about 60% of the domains you listed in the original post, are large, slower-loading banners atop every page (or I should say -- at varying points on the page, but many seem to be at the top). I think the load time for the image may be a bigger negative than ad/content ratio. I am always tempted to close a page if the elements take forever to load.
Sorry for getting off focus on the cinema site. I know it was up next... I just wanted to clarify my point.
We're doing good so far and this is a good thread Shatner. :)