I wondered if Google perhaps detects too much promotional material on a page and so ranks it lower and places it further down the list.
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Ah thats some great info Cheers Marlene, Would this include random adds put on the page by the Hubpages ad programme itself?
I think ads are relevant to the viewer. Google has some kind of script that reads the reader's interests, so the ads you see on a page would be different than the ads I see. I don't think it affects anything.