pageoneresults - 12:39 pm on Sep 13, 2011 (gmt 0)
Yes indeed. The heat zones straight from the AdSense playbook.
Which in my opinion, and many others, may not be the right thing to do, especially if your content doesn't support that many ads in those types of positions. I mean, when I first land on your page, what do I see? Is it 75% ads and 25% navigation? And I have to scroll below the fold to find content?
I had asked...
Does the site in your profile give us a good indication of how ad units may be placed on the site(s) in question? Is the content on the site(s) in question yours? Or, is most of it assembled from other resources? If I were to review one of these sites, how much above the fold is devoted to ad units whether it be AdSense or some other ad network? Do you have ad units in heat zones? In primary navigation areas like the top left nav? Are they Made for AdSense (MFA) websites?
You answered one of those questions related to ad units in heat zones. What about the other questions? They are an integral part of determining whether or not you can play by the AdSense Rulebook.
Ads on most of the affected sites are by now removed either entirely or one unit left. Inline ads are gone, too. I guess we'll see in a year or so if that helped...
When did you remove them?
If someone from Google visited your site, twice, and only visited one page and left, that may be a strong indication that "what is above the fold" didn't work for whomever visited. I hit plenty of those sites daily. You know, you do a search, click a result and the first thing you see are ad units - everywhere. Back button! And Google records that action. Just how many "back button" actions do visitors to your site take? What's your bounce rate? Time on site?
I've spent some time reviewing past topics that you've started that are all related to your site(s) being penalized, pandalized, etc. It surely appears that you've got a Made for AdSense network that doesn't meet the 2011 Search Quality Guidelines.