internetheaven - 7:21 pm on Nov 15, 2011 (gmt 0)
Having no ads or good ad positions will not have any positive effect, if you were expecting it. But more ads and bad ad positions are more likely to have a negative influence.
But you're not thinking like a paranoid hyper-sensitive Googlebot. My guess is that when Googlebot hits my page, it will think:
Huh ... I can't see any ads ...... they must be hidden! Quick! Penalise him just in case!
That's what normally happens every time Google tries one of these trendy little algorithm things, isn't it?