LOL.... you aren't really comparing your site to the Lincoln Memorial .... are you?
In a weird way as Lincoln helped the downtrodden, so did my site. Maybe Statue of Liberty is a better metaphor as the site was always geared toward helping lesser knowns get known, get traffic, and help them make some money opposed to everyone else's position of going after the upper crust knowns that obviously have money to spend.
Always been a champion of the guy needing exposure, in a way AdSense helped but also hindered that aspect.
payouts were just fine
And because of that you felt totally compelled to drop them.
I have direct advertisers and subscribers as an income source and soon will have additional direct income sources as my goal for this year was to transition to be 100% self-supporting without 3rd party ad networks.
Not that I'm slamming AdSense, Panda just pushed me faster in a direction I was already heading.
FTR, I still have AdSense on some other sites, but nothing that was bringing in $$$$ per month like my main site did from AdSense.