realmaverick - 6:42 pm on Oct 11, 2012 (gmt 0)
I may have crawled out from under the page layout problem but there may be other things. It looks like my site had smaller (10 to 20% drops) around July 2nd and August 19th. I'll have to corellate those to other algorithm changes.
That would assume, that the AFT algo is all or nothing, which I highly doubt. I'm guessing the detection of ads has improved with this update and thus we've seen a push in a positive direction.
But perhaps there are still problems with our layout, at least from Googles point of view. This algo in particular, seems to expect a high proportion of textual content and when it doesn't find it, websites are scored lower.
What needs to happen, is this and all algorithms need to be relative to the rest of the niche and compare the website against it's competitors, not against industry standards.