tabish - 4:42 am on Sep 27, 2013 (gmt 0)
Did you notice what kind of traffic was lost? Did you lose keyword positions across the board from long tail phrases to big keyword phrases? Or was the loss confined to just a few big keywords, with long tail phrases remaining intact?
The loss was slowly and it started back in 2010. My site was doing very well and i was getting good money out of Adsense and affiliates. Then I started receiving mails from google with the screen shots of websites telling me where to put more ads to get more revenue. revenue increased but then slowly my traffic started falling. By and by i was getting less visitors. Then my old good pages, that were receiving good traffics started disappearing from Google (with all the key phrases, specially short one) I never noticed that it was due to adsense I placed, but now when i look back, i can realize that it was due to that only.
My competitors have too many ads above the fold but they are still doing well, that may be because they are huge sites than mine.
It worked for me somehow.. but I can't say if it will work for everyone.