Sooo ... some bad news. As many of you know, we made a full 120% recovery from our battle with Google Panda a couple months ago. Unfortunately, *something* has struck again. Whether another iteration of Panda or something else, we once again lost more than half of our traffic overnight.
I've fully documented just about every change imaginable over the course of 2011 as we worked hard to make DaniWeb a better experience for the end-user. There was just one thing I was too scared to try -- and that's making DaniWeb ad-free. Well, at least just temporarily.
We are currently running a one-day long test in which DaniWeb is an ad-free experience for everyone, not just sponsors and moderators. We will be closely monitoring whether the bounce rate, pageviews per user, and time on site are significantly changed as a result of an advertising-free experience.
If they are, a lot of effort will be put into making the site profitable AND keeping the improvements. At least this will give us an idea of what discrepancy, if any, exists between all ads and no ads, so we can find a happy medium.
In the meantime, enjoy your one day being ad free!! :)