Planet13 - 3:27 pm on Jun 27, 2012 (gmt 0)
Can I just point out here that google is messed up...
Should removing ads works in the case of mike2010's adult site, then we can assume that google finds adsense to be "lower quality" than adult content.
I mean, with all due respect to mike2010, how bad do the ads have to be to drag down the quality of an adult site?
And on to another rant:
I would look at this, and also at ad placement. If at first glance the ads stand out more than the content, that could be your problem.
While I would do this first, too, and suspect it is the main culprit, I can't help but notice how many sites rank REALLY WELL with TONS of obtrusive ads - I mean, the types of ads where there is a "layer" that loads over the content, and you either have to sign up for a newsletter or you have to find the little X and close the window to see the content.
And then once you do see the content, there is a BIG banner ad, then on the upper right there is a large square ad, then halfway down the content there is another banner ad, then on the right there is a skyscraper, then on the bottom are text adsense...
and after all that, the content still isn't that good...