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Wow, August 2006 is terrible. I guess its vacation time
creativepart

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Msg#: 3044776 posted 4:51 pm on Aug 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

July was the highest Adsense month ever (in over 3 years of using it) for me. But even then I could see the last 3 days of the month started a decline. Now this has continued every day this month. Page views and clicks are way down. In fact, daily averages are 35% lower in Aug than in July.

I can only guess that my users (guitar forum) are all on summer vacation. Most of my users are older family men. I knew in years past that Aug seemed slow but back then Adsense didn't bring in so much money per month for me to really care. Now I can't miss the decline from a $22 a day average to a $15 a day average.

Anybody else seeing low numbers of pageviews and clicks this month?

 

kenc1959

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3044776 posted 4:57 pm on Aug 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

August is looking to be really looking slow for me also (local directory sites) following best ever June and July totals. I also lost about 100 visitors a day due to Adelphia homepage (local to me with google search) being discontinued after the sale to Time Warner, now I have to figure out how to get some of those visitors back...

TheDonster

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3044776 posted 5:00 pm on Aug 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

I'm having a better than average Aug so far and I believe it's due in part to the new landing page mods for advertisers. I seem to have lost a large amount of the MFAs that were infesting my site. Hope the trend continues into the higher revenue fall months.

Chapman

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3044776 posted 5:03 pm on Aug 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

It all depends on who your visitors are.

The section of my site relative to fine art is firmly linked to the academic calendar. I might as well have completely removed AdSense from those pages during the May-August period, for the small amount of traffic I saw!

Fortunately... the new academic year begins shortly!

OptiRex



 
Msg#: 3044776 posted 5:09 pm on Aug 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

creativepart

I hope you don't think I'm being rude however apart from your index page with AdSense and a load of links to other sites plus your busy forum(s), do you have anything else on the site?

Car_Guy

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Msg#: 3044776 posted 5:10 pm on Aug 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

My site's traffic is up a bit this month, but I'm getting more low-paying ads. I mean really low.

europeforvisitors



 
Msg#: 3044776 posted 5:11 pm on Aug 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

It all depends on who your visitors are.

Exactly. I'm having my best average EPC and eCPM in several months, and total earnings are looking good, too. Why? Because a lot of my readers are starting to plan fall trips, and advertisers are competing to reach those travelers with sales messages.

In late fall and early winter, it'll be a different story, which just goes to show that--to paraphrase Ecclesiastes--"To every Web site there is a season."

Car_Guy

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3044776 posted 5:15 pm on Aug 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

Ecclesiastes wrote songs for The Byrds?

jeepers

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Msg#: 3044776 posted 5:56 pm on Aug 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

I'm having my best month of the year so far.

In addition to removing channels (per Ann's experiment), I've reorganized my major site. So it's hard to know why.

bobothecat



 
Msg#: 3044776 posted 6:04 pm on Aug 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

I hope you don't think I'm being rude however apart from your index page with AdSense and a load of links to other sites plus your busy forum(s), do you have anything else on the site?

I have a bad feeling we'll be seeing a 'I've been booted' thread shortly.

jomaxx

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Msg#: 3044776 posted 6:21 pm on Aug 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

There's nothing wrong with the OP's site. I'm not sure why Optirex wrote that, except maybe to suggest that the forum home page should be the same as the domain root page.

Anyway, like most people my traffic is always way down in July-August, and AdSense revenues are proportionately lower as well. But the interesting thing is that the affiliate programs I use have been doing very well. July was as good as any month since January, and August is shaping up to be as good or even better.

Seems like school traffic and random surfing are down, but if people want to buy something they're still hitting the Net.

OptiRex



 
Msg#: 3044776 posted 6:35 pm on Aug 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

There's nothing wrong with the OP's site. I'm not sure why Optirex wrote that, except maybe to suggest that the forum home page should be the same as the domain root page.

Yep, I agree jomaxx, to be honest it looks a bit messy however I would guess that a lot of visitors are bookmark repeats.

I'll also have to guess that most of the clicks are from the forum which, as we all generally agree, are "usually" low paying.

Page views and clicks are way down.

Holidays and a whole host of August related things could be the reason. Most of the pro bands I know have all of August off too. I'd be worried if if were to continue after mid September that it may be ad blindness from regular visitors, that's also another good reason to add further relevant content to the site rather than relying on what exists now.

ann

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Msg#: 3044776 posted 9:09 pm on Aug 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

I am back in the ballpark earningswise for August. It is, at this point better even than July.

Yes, I am noticing that my pageviews are increasing but Google is not counting them all?

I am trying to figure that out but don't want to bug them. Glad to know I'm not alone in this.

Ann

andrewshim

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Msg#: 3044776 posted 10:29 pm on Aug 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

August started off with a BANG... now it's slowly fizzling out... will probably end with a whimper (sigh).

creativepart

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Msg#: 3044776 posted 11:12 pm on Aug 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

I hope you don't think I'm being rude however apart from your index page with AdSense and a load of links to other sites plus your busy forum(s), do you have anything else on the site?

By anything else on the site... do you mean other than the forum with 550,000 posts and 11,000 members?

The site gets nearly 20 million page views a year. There are about 50 pages of static info that I add to regularly, and around 1000 links, but the main attraction of the site is, and always has been the forums. The bulk (90%)of my Adsense revenue comes from the forums. So, that's what I'm referring to.

For the past 7 years, the domain root was the forum. This has only changed within the past 3 months as I switched from PHPBB to vB. I realize that the index page is pretty lame, but my 8,000 daily visitors seem to go directly to the forum.

I do have a redesign coming on the index page. After doing all the work to import such a huge forum from phpbb to vB I was kind of caught off guard about the need to even create an index page since the forum had been my index page for so many years. I am glad that the forum is not the domain root now though.

It helps that I have a number one Google Ranking in my catagory, and a 6/10 pagerank.

Thanks
Paul Green

Bewenched

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Msg#: 3044776 posted 12:49 am on Aug 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

Everyone is having to get their kids back into school this month. Less people are shopping for themselves.. too much money that has to be spent on the kiddos... heck .. just got one of my sons a new backpack today .. $50.00 can you believe that!

TheCeramic

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3044776 posted 2:34 am on Aug 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

About the traffic, my site page view range from 1.8 to 2.8 (just for example). But on August daily page view average, it's get better compare to this year average.

On the revenue, my daily $ range from 6 to 12 (just for example). With the average of 9.

Yeah... there is days when the traffic/revenue hit some positive or negative extreme, but I am more concerning on monthly average figures.

This kind of thinking makes me more relax :)

OptiRex



 
Msg#: 3044776 posted 2:44 am on Aug 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

By anything else on the site... do you mean other than the forum with 550,000 posts and 11,000 members?

Yes!

You've questioned the answer to your own solution.

You need more relevant content other than your forum board(s).

Create content.

You're lucky, you have the audience, you have the traffic...there are many here who would like to be in your position!

andrewshim

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Msg#: 3044776 posted 3:29 am on Aug 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

You're lucky, you have the audience, you have the traffic...there are many here who would like to be in your position!

you talking about me?

level80

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3044776 posted 4:52 am on Aug 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

Site traffic. For those who saw a traffic increase/decrease around July 27th my feeling is that it's purely down to Google search engine algorithm changes. From about June 27th to July 27th my traffic was down to about 1/3rd of what it normally is because of this. It seems that whatever they did on July 27th brought back most of the traffic although it may have had the opposite effect for other website owners depending on how you fared in the SERPs.

My main problem with Adsense seems to be eCPM though.

For me it was x in June, 81%x in July and 64.2%x so far in August. It's not possible to increase traffic enough to counteract those large changes. In previous years I have always done better in August than July.

I've no idea why this is happening - poor Adsense targeting, advertisers on holiday and cancelling their budget, advertisers getting scared off by click fraud or less targeted traffic but I know it's a trend I don't want to see continue. At this rate I'll barely make a four figure dollar sum from Adsense this month (albeit supplemented by Chitika and others). Having made nearly double that in December 2005 and on average since then 60% than I will this month through Adsense I'm hoping the current trend will reverse. If it doesn't I'll probably be seriously looking for alternatives. Is YPN available to international publishers yet?

RonS

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3044776 posted 5:59 am on Aug 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

My traffic from google exploded up 60% around August 3 or 4, no pattern, just across all of my pages. It lasted just over a week, and by the 11th was back to normal, to slightly below normal. I'm hoping "slightly below normal" is due to August vacations. I'm an optimist and prefer to delude myself at times.

It was fun while it lasted.

frakilk

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3044776 posted 9:24 am on Aug 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

level80 I am in the same boat as you. My eCPM is going down and down. I am in the home and garden sector and this is my first 'real' AdSense year so I don't know if this is normal or not.

nomis5

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Msg#: 3044776 posted 11:23 am on Aug 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

I'm in the UK gardening sector and have been for a few years. If the weather is good, my viewers are out there gardening which is a pain in the neck because I want them indoors thinking about gardening and using my site. Earnings drop in July and August by roughly 50%.

JinxBoy

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3044776 posted 2:51 pm on Aug 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

I'm having my best month since 2004.

leolapinos

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3044776 posted 4:19 pm on Aug 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

normal month, nothing special though I saw a drop in visits since june 27th and not july 27th :)

With the hollidays soon over and students back on their universities thinks will take up again + I am planning a new website to get the non forum part earning me some revenue as well.

UserFriendly

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3044776 posted 10:55 pm on Aug 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

I've earned $4 in only ten days. That makes the month pretty good alongside my average so far.

OptiRex



 
Msg#: 3044776 posted 2:25 am on Aug 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

you talking about me?

No andrewshim, read the thread...damn...I knew I should've been a teacher!

andrewshim

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3044776 posted 3:18 am on Aug 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

damn...I knew I should've been a teacher!

no... you were right the first time...
I TOO want to have 550,000 posts and 11,000 members!

btw... if you were a teacher, you could mebbe give your students weekly assignments where they had to log into your site and the information could only be found in the Adsense links.... (I'm sooooo sneaky.....)

ps... in case you're lurking around... that was just a joke ASA!

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