Bluejeans - 3:41 pm on Mar 9, 2012 (gmt 0)
I understand the crazy-making feeling. I was hit around mid-January and removed top ads the first week in February. Now my traffic loss has crept back up to "only" around 10% but I'm still losing out to competitors, one with a more aged but much smaller domain and the other that is running a complicated little link network scheme that Google hasn't caught (yet). For the most part my main keywords have lost 1 to 10 places but that seems to be enough to hurt me. I think the Panda filter was run again also in mid-January and that too many of my pages were tagged as "thin" because I have a large gallery of pages with photos and 150-word descriptions. I also have pictures on a lot of pages, mainly as eye candy. I also have a fair number of "corridor" pages that shepherd my visitors to smaller aspects of the same subject. Neither of my competitors have sites structured in this way so now I'm looking at aspects other than the ad layout which I find it hard to believe was excessively loaded anyway.