TheDonster - 4:38 pm on Oct 31, 2005 (gmt 0)
I had a major crash in earnings in Oct. as well. It was really weird. The first 2 weeks of the month were my best ever. Long overdue changes in my site that I had made in August were starting to show results in late Sept. and then Oct. really took off. Then for no obvious reason the bottom fell out on the 17th. My traffic was at an all time high but CTR tanked. I had the worst earnings day ever that week. No changes in advertisers, all the same ads, EPC remained constant but CTR and eCPM were in the toilet. Google stats showed 250k page views for this month, my all time high since I joined. I suspect advertisers simply put large amounts in their budgets at the beginning of the month and then ran out before the end. That plus smart pricing probably contributed to the dive. Hope Nov. & Dec. improve because for some of us, October was certainly a bust.