steve8383 - 9:02 pm on Jan 24, 2012 (gmt 0)
My 10 yr old site that has had great rankings for years suddenly lost 40% of its traffic on Thursday, it must to be to do with the new algo.
I can see where the logic behind the algo is coming from (even if Google don't practice what they preach on their own site) but what really annoys me is my site has no ads above the fold at all!
Only about 25% of my pages have ads at all, and then they are either close to the fold or below it. How can I possibly make changes to my site in the hope of regaining my previous rankings given this scenario? I could remove the ads altogether, make even less money and probably still not regain the traffic.
A 40% drop in traffic will equate to a 40% drop income, if not more since my (affiliate) sales pages have taken a bigger hit than my information only pages.
I'm a full time webmaster with a family to provide for. These poorly applied changes are potentially destroying peoples legitimate livelihoods.