backdraft7 - 6:16 am on May 21, 2012 (gmt 0)
The only common denominator I can see in my niche is that the top listed sites are big name how-to / answer pages with extremely thin & useless content. Their also are surrounded with plenty of ads, up to seven from different sources. It's disgusting. I won't throw more ads at my users in an attempt to regain traction in the serps. I think any self respecting, sane user would agree that less ads is always better.
So this begs the question, if Google is so about "quality" user experience, why are they pumping me to throw more ads up? My Adsense account if full of notices telling me to put up THREE ads blocks per page.
Sorry, if that's the qualification to list at the top...I'm out. Ridiculous!
I'm going to sit tight and let the defecation hit the oscillation. Then we'll see some changes.