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[edited by: Zivush at 6:16 pm (utc) on Nov 10, 2011]
There's a lot in that statement if you unpack it, because it implies that it is an indirect or emergent factor in Panda -- that while Panda isn't actually measuring the percentage of ads directly, it is measuring things (presumably behavioral metrics) that might be impacted by ad positioning.
They’re looking at algos that try and figure out how much content is above the fold. If you have so much stuff (ads) obscuring content above the fold, you may want to think about that. What does the layout of your site look like when someone lands on your page? Do people see content or something else that’s distracting?
Who is Google to say how you can and cannot monetize your site under threat of banishment?
The owner of the search engine property, and until their users or some government entity tells them otherwise, they still have the right to decide they don't want to display sites overrun with ads on their search engine property.
There's not a whole lot of point to pinning your hopes on Microsoft; they have made the wrong move at almost every single opportunity.
That's what I mean, imagine an airline refusing you your seat because you do not dress how they want you to. (and we're not talking racy or inappropriate here, more like a logo on your T-shirt being visible).
I see regulation coming, a search portal is a vital part of internet use, not a platform for profit with rule changes at a whim.
Regulation came down hard on Ma Bell / AT&T as per anti-trust issues.It took the Fed 60+ years from the first attempts to break the monopoly to actually succeeding legally, and then it took another 10 years to take hold practically. We'll be all dead by then.