londrum - 9:27 am on Apr 16, 2011 (gmt 0)
i think people are clutching at straws when they try and work out what the problem is.
how can you judge the quality of a site on whether the ads are on the left, right or above the fold? or whether its got a banner at the top? its nuts. the ads have got absolutely zero to do with the actual content.
would you judge the quality of two newspapers based on which one had the more ads? would amazon suddenly be a worse shop than Jon's Junk Store if they put a few more ads on it.
the idea that google would demote hundreds and thousands of sites simply because they had a few more ads on them is crazy. google knows full well that less ads does not equate to more quality. in fact, i would say that the complete opposite is more likely to be true.
rubbish sites cant attract the same kinds of ads that a big player can. and bigger sites need more ads to pay for all their staff.