for what its worth mrSEman it was straight from the horse's mouth, the blog you mention above is owned by an ex mod of this forum who has it on very good athority that smart pricing affects an entire adsense account and hence why she posted
I didn't mean any disrespect towards Jenstar at all. But information like this needs to be verified by G itself. For me, taking the ads off of one of my poorly performing 5 milion+ page site that has thousands of page views, a CTR that is so low it is barely calculable, and only earns between $25 and $50 a month, means that I take between $25 and $50 a month off of my bottom line....period. My other sites do just as well either way.
Anybody who lumps the Google search engine in with Google's AdSense system design-wise clearly doesn't understand that they wrote their own distributed filesystem for one, while the other was built on top of MySQL.
Ok so AS is not as mature as their SE and it is ever mutating.... still, compared to the other PPC, its leagues ahead. It may be based on a MYSQL db, it might require maintenance once in a while, our stats do get sluggish sometimes.... oh well its not perfect... then again, what is? YPN and MSN sure aren't.
The only thing I have faith in is my bottom line. I do what G tells me and I make money. I also believe that G is a business first and foremost and a business exists to make money. If they lose their advertisers because ads arent converting, then yes they would make less money... thats bad. But what would happen if every AS publisher dropped AS on their pages that have a poor CTR, CPC, CPM and so on? That would mean milions and bilions in ads lost for G, the publishers as well as the advertisers. VERY BAD! Ever hear the saying "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water"? Until I hear it from them, I can't bring myself to believe that G is that stupid.