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Just a quick status update. It appears as if our traffic suddenly returned to normal over this past weekend, just as quick as it disappeared back in February. It is still to early to tell, since Monday is only half over, but it is looking like it is coming back even stronger than ever. Nearly all of the big changes I've made have been documented here and in the WebProNews video interview I gave back in May: www.webpronews.com/daniweb-google-panda-2011-05 ... There were no big changes made immediately before the site came back, with the exception of a significant increase in my Google AdWords budget. ....
...I mentioned AdWords because we use it heavily to increase registrations, which directly results in an increase in posts per day. If there was a correlation, then it was a sudden increase in new content followed the penalty reversal.
That is not to say that if an SE's perception of traffic can be affected by using adwords that would be another "factor" ..albeit a very sleazy way of "encouraging" adwords spending if it were demonstrable, or proven to be the case..
They have less ads above the fold now..in fact just the one ..when they were hit they had an ad in the header ..and the 300x250 box at the right ..now they just have the 300x250..nav and content area is about the same as it was..proportion of adspace above the fold is half of what it was ..
Lots of talk about 2.3 being a rollback.