| 7:45 pm on Dec 16, 2010 (gmt 0)|
Stats haven't moved in hours
| 7:59 pm on Dec 16, 2010 (gmt 0)|
|Stats haven't moved in hours |
Oh errr...my CTR Stavafluc for today is running at 48%, guess that means it's almost stopped?
| 9:30 pm on Dec 16, 2010 (gmt 0)|
UK sites - Google Adsense seems to have died!
| 9:40 pm on Dec 16, 2010 (gmt 0)|
UK - on its a$$ awaiting resuscitation! Don't expect anything other than disaster:-(
| 9:43 pm on Dec 16, 2010 (gmt 0)|
Maybe it's because everybody's in the mall (USA)
| 10:00 pm on Dec 16, 2010 (gmt 0)|
Ahhh for the good ole days!
| 10:24 pm on Dec 16, 2010 (gmt 0)|
I think xmas is in full effect now, expect people to be in the mad rush for a bit...
| 1:42 am on Dec 17, 2010 (gmt 0)|
Naw. I'm going to finish at 25% of typical today. Yesterday and every day before being "typical". That's even too low for the Christmas crash. We should still see online shopping through the weekend, with all the same day and next day shipping out there. I bought something online last week and got free 2 day shipping.
At this point, online is the only place to get the hot items the stores are sold out of, everybody who shops online knows that. The stores don't have much of anything left in them, where people have money to spend, like the town I live in. I made the rounds today and many shelves have a only a few things left on them.
| 10:58 am on Dec 17, 2010 (gmt 0)|
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear, Thursday was my second worst earning day of the year after 3rd January at 61% of so far December average, 50% of 2010 average and 44% of September to November average however the slightly bright note is that it is 97% of the same period in 2009.
It's an uphill struggle at the moment!
| 11:10 am on Dec 17, 2010 (gmt 0)|
Ditto HuskyPup. Truly awful.
| 1:02 pm on Dec 17, 2010 (gmt 0)|
Checked traffic stats on my three top sites. They all have about the same amount of traffic every day, month... Sure enough. All traffic at 25% of typical. Man that blew in fast, and early... just plummeted overnight. We normally (past 12 years) see a decline in traffic over a period of 3-4 days until it bottoms out.
Now we sit back and wait for the 27th when the after holiday deal hunters get serious online.
| 2:07 pm on Dec 17, 2010 (gmt 0)|
Last Thursday only got beaten 3 times this year. December 5th, 9th and 10th were better.
Thursday was 18% better than my December average (bottom line) so all is still well within stavafluc by that metric but 44% better in terms of average page-RPM. Not looking out for January here.
| 2:57 pm on Dec 17, 2010 (gmt 0)|
Thursday was lowest earnings in a year
| 3:12 pm on Dec 17, 2010 (gmt 0)|
Considering it's my slow time (at least till New Year's) it's going to be a pretty good December. Nothing to compare with other months, but about twice what I did for all last December, and it's only the 17th.
FWIW I have taken off ALL ad blocking some time ago, and I have about 30 sites in my competitive filter. Obviously, your mileage may vary.
| 3:51 pm on Dec 17, 2010 (gmt 0)|
Heavens, smashing all records here today...on my second biggest site one channel reporting 0.09% CTR and another 0.00%!
Oh these next few AdSense days are going to hurt for me, good old B&M is still flying however I expect that to stop after today since most of the European side of our industry finishes until 4th January 2011 tonight...not too sure for how long the USA etc is closing down.
| 4:05 pm on Dec 17, 2010 (gmt 0)|
bad bad bad 1/3 of yesterday...
| 4:16 pm on Dec 17, 2010 (gmt 0)|
Sorry everybody, but I'm having a fantastic day so far, earnings up to almost 50% for a whole day with 16 hours left to go. If it keeps up at this rate, today is looking very good - thanks Google! :-)
| 4:30 pm on Dec 17, 2010 (gmt 0)|
Purely for knowing which sector are you in, Xmas/retail?
| 2:54 am on Dec 18, 2010 (gmt 0)|
System: The following message was spliced on to this thread from: http://www.webmasterworld.com/google_adsense/4243892.htm [webmasterworld.com] by incredibill - 9:46 pm on Dec 17, 2010 (PST -8)
Adsense stats stuck, Same stats for 12 hours. Nothing is increasing. This is not Xmas effect but a problem with reporting. Google should look into this matter.
| 9:13 am on Dec 18, 2010 (gmt 0)|
Fantastic month so far. Traffic is starting to wind down a bit. Number of pages under site:mysite.com is decreasing so is my traffic. Earnings continue increasing though... Hopefully the Adsense fun continues all through Christmas.
| 3:12 pm on Dec 18, 2010 (gmt 0)|
December is always slow for me. It has nothing to do with reporting delays and everything to do with people concentrating on the holiday season more than they are my products.
My networks demographics haven't changed much over the years, nor have my traffic fluctuations for this particular time period. It will continue to be slow until the first or second week of January, at which point things will pick back up again and it will be business as usual. It does this every year, year after year and again the next year.
This day to day micro-managing you people are doing here, or attempting to do, is only going to confuse you even further than you already are. You're like white rats being led around in a maze chasing adsense cheese and it's pretty friggin' pathetic if you ask me.
| 4:58 pm on Dec 18, 2010 (gmt 0)|
|This day to day micro-managing you people are doing here, or attempting to do, is only going to confuse you even further than you already are. You're like white rats being led around in a maze chasing adsense cheese and it's pretty friggin' pathetic if you ask me. |
| 7:53 pm on Dec 18, 2010 (gmt 0)|
AdSense stats lagging behind seems to be a common thing these days, so I expect it. As long as they catch-up (as they always do) then I don't worry about it. There was a time years back when I checked several times daily. No more, and hadn't until the lagging occurred. I had to "smack myself in the face" to re-focus on checking once a day after 6:00pm to get a real idea of where things were going for the day.
| 8:35 pm on Dec 18, 2010 (gmt 0)|
Bad bad bad the last few days. Might go clear block lists and see if I can stir something up. Not a good time to star testing but I can't sit on my derrier either.
| 11:24 pm on Dec 18, 2010 (gmt 0)|
So far December is my best earning month ever.
CTR, eCPM and total earnings up 178% with traffic down 18%.
| 12:00 am on Dec 19, 2010 (gmt 0)|
it is good for you
which sector are you in?
| 1:54 am on Dec 19, 2010 (gmt 0)|
Yep Christmas is upon us for sure, people are much more worried about the last min stuff than the interwebs..
To all you that are going to try to fix the issue, I suggest you wait until the 1st week of January before you do.. it will go back to normal.
I had a BIG slowdown last year in Nov and Dec, planned then to make some sites that will take up the slack for the slow season and it payed off hit good numbers all month until TODAY..
I got a good feeling 11' is gonna be a good adsense year ;)
| 8:10 am on Dec 19, 2010 (gmt 0)|
Medical niche ;)
| 1:30 pm on Dec 19, 2010 (gmt 0)|
|To all you that are going to try to fix the issue, |
I don't think anyone has written they're trying to fix "the issue", it's merely a comparison of how badly we are fairing running up to Xmas.
FWIW yesterday, Saturday 18th December 2010, was one of my lowest ever AdSense day since going sitewide with ads in 2004 and I'm guessing today may well be even worse, or maybe not:-)
My worst-ever day was Thursday, 25 December 2008 which was 32% of that month's stavafluc, yesterday's was 44% of this month's so far, I reckon I'm going to have a new low Xmas Day!
AdSense Page Impressions were the lowest of the year yesterday at 67% of December's and 44% of 2010's stavafluc.
Yep, traffic's way down for me now...go on, I dare you, flick that switch:-)
| 3:01 pm on Dec 19, 2010 (gmt 0)|
Micro management isn't a bad thing. Having been making my money on the web since 1999, I can't tell you how many times micro-manasgement caught problems in the making. If you wait a week or two or more to see a problem and begin working on a solution you have lost a lot of money before you even realize it. Since huge problems don't resolve overnight, the sooner you get to working on the issue(s) the sooner you resolve them.
In this case, we saw a problem, that was not typical of other years. The drop was off schedule. Once traffic was investigated, keyword rankings were verified and I looked at what day of the week Christmas fell on this year, it made perfect sense. No worries. Having done that, I can relax for the next week and enjoy the holiday. Though by relax, that doesn't mean I won't check stats several times a day just to make sure everything is going as planned. It just means I won't have have to work on the sites, if everything remains stable.
Don't get me wrong. My 25% of typical earnings, as stated above, still exceeds previous years. This past year was our best year ever. Many who post in the Adsense forum here would love to have my 25%, it's a full time income for two families. But, any drop should send you running to investigate; it does me. I worked my fanny off 7 days a week 16 to 20 hour days for years to get here and never assume or take anything for granted.
I have seen the complexity of problems that complicated resolution. It's not uncommon to have two or more major problems at work at the exact same moment. You don't just assume Christmas is the reason. There may be more at play.
I remember plenty of times all hell had broken loose and I worked around the clock, 20 hour days, for days, weeks or months to resolve the issue. I learned from the first time, most likely because it took me months to rebound, you don't sit back and just cash the checks. While you're sitting back, competitors have their sights set on your traffic and earnings and the web is changing. That's the nature of the industry.
In this fast-moving, technology-based business model where earnings can change, long term, in the blink of the eye, to not micro manage is just plain irresponsible when you make as much as I do. If you're not in my league, you won't get here sitting back, just letting your business run itself; disaster will be forth coming with that attitude and it won't be pretty.
At least when you absolutely need it to, it will run itself. Such was the case when I was sick with cancer and in the hospital at one point in time. Some things just can't be avoided and you just have to hope things will be alright. That's not a daily attitude you want to embrace.
I will tell you this though, as an example. When I was sick with cancer, my biggest competitor for one of my three biggest sites, a public company (parent company of the offending site), quickly smelled blood, stole my meta tag description, word for word in the exact order, and with the content on their pages to support those keywords, began out ranking me for my keywords (they had longevity and site size over me), which included my tradmarked BRAND. This effectively stole my traffic.
To put it into perspective, this was a little website, geting only a quarter million highly targeted, search engine driven, hits a year. That site is now doing a couple million hits a year, several years later.
Sick in my bed for months, fairly certain I would never see another Christmas after the doctor gave me a 10% chance of survival, the act of sabotage was on track for robbing my heirs of their inhertiance. I was checking the stats from my bed, knew there was a problem, but was too sick to investigate.
When I was well enough to find the problem, I had to immediately hire an attorney at a cost of $1500. I explained the problem, how the process worked and what it was going to take to get my traffic back. The attorney then comveyed my demands to that NASDAQ traded company's attorney. That was after I noticed the issue and was able to identify the problem, several MONTHS after the fact. Within a matter of days after the slime balls uploaded their Google site map to complete the purging of the meta source theft, my traffic was back.
I had launched a company blog, to compliment the main site, telling visitors I was sick and would update them via little notes on the blog as to how things were going with my cancer treatment and announcing that the main site would not be updated. At the same time, per my doctor's orders, I had put "my house' in order, prepared for the worst case scenario.
Unknown to me, my competitor was micro-managing his company, visiting my site daily trying to figure out how to get back his share of market that I took upon the launch of my site several years prior. Later the same day I launched my blog, the competitor launched a blog, with my stolen main site's meta description in the source code.
Had my site's earnings come from Adsense, I'd have lost tens of thousands of dollars; the site represents a good sized chunk of my income. Instead, the site had flat-rate annual ad contracts, and I didn't lose a dime. This is yet another lesson in diversification, one thankfully I learned before I got sick.
These are the types of things that can happen when you won't or can't micro manage an online business model. You may not want to micro-manage, but you can bet that your serious competitors are doing exactly that. Anyone who tells you not to micro manage your online company, is giving bad advice. Micro managing doesn't bring confusion, it actually enlightens you to what is really going on if you've been doing it right.
| 9:21 pm on Dec 19, 2010 (gmt 0)|
|Micro management isn't a bad thing. Having been making my money on the web since 1999, I can't tell you how many times micro-manasgement caught problems in the making. If you wait a week or two or more to see a problem and begin working on a solution you have lost a lot of money before you even realize it. Since huge problems don't resolve overnight, the sooner you get to working on the issue(s) the sooner you resolve them. |
It's not the micro management that is the problem. I think some of us are getting fed up of every fart and burp being reported. I know I am.
I micro manage, but keep the farts and burps to myself. They sort themselves out in time.