Google addresses sites with too many banners

Jan. 20, 2012 | by Mark.Williams

Have you ever clicked on a search engine result and been presented with a page heavily laden with adverts above the content you are looking for? Well over the coming weeks Google will be rolling out a new algorithm update, the direct target of which will be these pages.

The algorithm change is being referred to as a “page layout algorithm” and is in response to complaints that Google has been receiving from its users. It looks as though it will work in a similar manner to the Panda updates that we have seen in previous months. The algorithm will assess the amount of advertising above the fold on pages. If the level of advertising is deemed too high on any site, the entire site will be down-ranked in the next update.

So if this algorithm affects a site that you are working on, how can you resolve the issue? You will likely have to remove some of the banner adverts, when Google next visits the changes will be noted and then when the next algorithm refresh occurs your site will return to its original rankings.

We will have to see how far this algorithm change goes, however initial thoughts are that this could heavily affect download sites which are commonly known to heavily use (often unrelated) banner advertising. This could also affect publishers and retailers who rely on banner advertising revenues. It has been stated widely though that this change will not affect sites that use roll over, overlay or pop up banners, which have become more common these days. With this in mind maybe this change may just mop those sites which are clearly filling the entire screen with banner ads. What are your initial thoughts on this change?

 

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      [...] Mark Williams at iCrossing, appropriately commented and echoes my thoughts: We will have to see how far this algorithm change goes, however initial thoughts are that this could heavily affect download sites which are commonly known to heavily use (often unrelated) banner advertising. This could also affect publishers and retailers who rely on banner advertising revenues. It has been stated widely though that this change will not affect sites that use roll over, overlay or pop up banners, which have become more common these days. With this in mind maybe this change may just mop those sites which are clearly filling the entire screen with banner ads. What are your initial thoughts on this change? .nop p { display:inline; } .nop br { display:none; } [...]Jan 22, 2012 12:43 pm

     
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