walkman - 10:11 pm on Jun 13, 2011 (gmt 0) [edited by: walkman at 10:38 pm (utc) on Jun 13, 2011]
Obviously ads (whatever Goog counts as such) matter, especially those that overpower content. It was one of the questions in the assessment. But we don't know how Google counts them, area the ads cover, number of links, area ads /content and in relation to location, number of links /content or what?
Has anyone here removed all ads after being Pandalized? If so, did you come back? Fully partially, what %?
Let's not forget that retail stores, magazines, etc etc have also been penalized so there's more to it than just normal ads. IIRC, Dirigodev's site recovered and he has no ads at all. He said he found out what Panda wants and posted about it. My_Media too.
The million dollar question is: has Panda been run in full since 2/24? That will answer almost everything.
Edit: What do I mean by full? Suppose two blocks of ads caused your site to tip the scale to PandaLand. If you removed them right away, would your site be back now (assuming other non-related algo changes haven't effected you since 2/24)?
[edited by: walkman at 10:38 pm (utc) on Jun 13, 2011]