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November 2012 AdSense Earnings and Observations

 2:25 pm on Nov 2, 2012 (gmt 0)

The month of Thanksgiving and my usual downward slide to Xmas!



 7:07 am on Nov 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

OmarNYC, I'm not entirely sure as it's difficult to gauge. At the end of each month when the earnings are reported for delivery, it's around a 1% difference.

For each specific day, I'm not sure. I've only noticed it a few times and Google might be automatically discounting them ,because it only shows on one of the reports and not the others, and disappears quickly (as I said, within 30 minutes). So it's difficult to gauge how many or how often it happens. It doesn't every time I check (not nearly, only a small percentage, like today), just every so often.

I simply find it incredibly weird. We are talking about a 30% difference in that 30 minute time span.


 7:48 am on Nov 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

Dreadful couple of days here. Has someone moved Thanksgiving forward a week and not told me?


 9:46 am on Nov 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

Thanksgiving forward a week and not told me?
That depends on which Thanksgiving you are on about.
October 8, 2012 (Canada);
November 1, 2012 (Liberia);
November 22, 2012 (USA);
November 28, 2012 (Norfolk Island)


 12:55 pm on Nov 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

That depends on which Thanksgiving you are on about.

*grin* I have enough trouble trying to keep up with the holidays in the US. Fortunately I don't yet have significant traffic from Norfolk Island. Maybe there's an untapped market niche there?


 5:27 pm on Nov 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

If you're getting a ton of immediate take-backs, then look at your traffic and see if any of it has changed - where it's coming from, countries of origin, etc.


 9:01 am on Nov 10, 2012 (gmt 0)

So yesterday ended up being even worse than the black days of summer. Traffic normal (most comes directly from Google searches) but EPC way down over multiple sectors.

Looks like I've been SnafuPriced but I can't think of anything I've changed to cause that. And of course the Adsense black box gives no indication of what's really happening, so there's nothing I can do to fix it.

If it wasn't for the recession attacking my other income streams I'd have ditched Adsense by now.


 3:25 pm on Nov 11, 2012 (gmt 0)

netmeg, most of the traffic is search related from the US. So it doesn't make sense to me.

As well, yesterday was a very weird occurance. At around 7pm Pacific time, it said I earned XX.XX. Four hours later, I checked it again, it said XA.XX (less than four hours before). Today, total earnings from yesterday is *exactly* XX.XX from 7pm the day before.

Could be a coincidence, but that's incredibly odd to me. And now that I think about it, the same thing has happened before. As if it's a display issue and Google already knows how much it's going to pay out at the end of the day.


 3:47 pm on Nov 11, 2012 (gmt 0)

In the voice of Rod Serling...
There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Adsense Zone.


 5:07 pm on Nov 11, 2012 (gmt 0)

Ah, that explains a lot! At 20,000 impressions the gremlins start eating the hamsters.


 5:55 pm on Nov 11, 2012 (gmt 0)

Ah, that explains a lot! At 20,000 impressions the gremlins start eating the hamsters.
Will that be before they eat William Shatner? ;)
Should be renamed Nightmare at 20,000 impressions.

It's not been a great start to the month... yet. Doing okayish.


 6:20 pm on Nov 11, 2012 (gmt 0)

My earnings vary *wildly* specially this time of year, so I don't think there's any set amount by Google on how much they're going to pay out.

Traffic quality is more than just where it's from and how they get there. It's also a question of who it is.

A friend of mine with a game forum really started seeing his earnings tank when his forum started attracting a much younger crowd. Google (and the advertisers) probably don't think those users are as likely to convert.


 12:26 am on Nov 12, 2012 (gmt 0)

@netmeg, that makes sense, especially with all the information they are getting from visitors these days. But why would they even bother reporting the earnings only to take it away? They should evaluate the click/user first before displaying it.

Still though, it's a large coincidence to be exactly the same amount at the end of the day. I'm not thinking of some theory about it, just that it's incredibly odd.


 1:28 pm on Nov 12, 2012 (gmt 0)

I dunno, but it's a huge system with a lot of moving parts (don't forget the whole AdWords side as well) and maybe this is the most efficient way for them to do it.


 9:12 pm on Nov 13, 2012 (gmt 0)

I've not seen so many page views on Monday and today for a couple of months and before that last March/April time.

Has someone flicked a switch since several of my sites are having record visitor numbers by substantial amounts?

Earnings for today are looking extremely positive right now.


 5:27 pm on Nov 15, 2012 (gmt 0)

Stats seem dead today. Perhaps they are preparing to be completely dead by Thanksgiving?



 5:59 pm on Nov 15, 2012 (gmt 0)

Stats are definitely off for me today, too. Glad I'm not the only one. I always start to panic when my mid-day numbers aren't where I expect them to be.


 6:47 pm on Nov 15, 2012 (gmt 0)

Was going along great but yesterday and today are very bad. Good thing this is my slow period.


 7:10 pm on Nov 15, 2012 (gmt 0)

My stats were stuck for hours and finally have started inching along at a slow crawl.

Automotive site

 12:22 am on Nov 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

November is comparably down on October by a good margin.

I was wondering if you guys use recommended text/image ad or just go with the text ad. I was wondering what I should do in the 336 by 280. I am thinking text ads will probably see a higher CTR but may show at least one or two low paying ads out of the usually 4 text ads that are usually shown in an ad this size compared to an image which is likely to be higher paying, but may be result in lower CTR because it doesn't always match the content as well (in most cases)/.


 1:38 am on Nov 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

It varies for me because my sites are mostly seasonal, and it depends on what image ads are available when.

Instead of setting an ad unit to do both text and image, I make ads for text only and image only, and rotate them evenly so I can measure them (they each have their own channels) During my peak season, my image ads do really well, but the rest of year, meh.


 1:40 am on Nov 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

In other news, my stats are stuck; haven't moved in an hour, and my real time analytics say plenty of traffic. So there's that.


 2:23 am on Nov 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

In other news, my stats are stuck; haven't moved in an hour, and my real time analytics say plenty of traffic. So there's that.

Thank you! Thought it was just me.


 2:46 am on Nov 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

Nope, mine's been stuck for looks like about 2 hours at least.


 2:54 am on Nov 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

Same here. Usually they pick up by midnight or eventually it will. Focus on great content.


 4:20 am on Nov 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

Only at 50% of where I should be with good traffic


 4:38 am on Nov 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

The stats seem to have unstuck for me now after about 4 hours of being stuck. Earnings from the previous week have changed. Basically still the same amount of money overall, just different numbers for each day.

The numbers for today still aren't completely updated, but I'm sure they will be over the next couple of hours.


 6:08 am on Nov 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

The numbers have switched up again. Eh. Weird reporting.


 9:50 am on Nov 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

Strange reporting in the last 2 days, but yesterday was stuck.
At the end of the day eCPM was brutally cut :(

Automotive site

 10:26 am on Nov 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

During the latter part of October the earnings from one site had exploded. It was around 40% to 70% higher daily. I thought it was going to stay like that all the time. If anything, the first half of November is down on normal.

Its amazing how Adsense has a way of evening out.


 10:45 pm on Nov 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

Starting to see the effects of the upcoming U.S. Thanksgiving holiday. Everything slows down starting about now.

Automotive site

 11:28 pm on Nov 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

Do you guys think having a banner in the header is wasteful if the site has a very low bounce rate (according to Google Analytics) and more than 2 minutes user time spent on the site?

My assumption would be that many of the users are reading the content and therefore the banner ad will likely be overlooked by most people. I guess the sure way to find out is to track individual ads. But I also read about people testifying on forums that too many ad blocks will reduce cost per click because you will get a bunch of low paying ads on top of the higher paying ones showing on the site at the same time. But it is Google themselves who keep sending me messages in my dashboard to show a third block.

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