netmeg - 3:40 pm on May 30, 2012 (gmt 0)
Ok, Google doesn't really go into it in detail, but I am of the opinion that EVERY CLICK on EVERY SITE is technically "smart priced"
I don't think smart pricing necessarily means a lower click value; if the traffic is good and Google thinks that it's a really good match for the advertiser, smart pricing means you get full value.
So I don't think of smart pricing as just reducing the value of clicks, but as an overall more balanced way of pricing. And thus, I'm of the opinion that everyone is smartpriced all the time. But of course, Google will never say, and it's just my opinion.
As to the five clicks worth .01 - possible 4 of those clicks were deemed invalid and you only got credit for one - and it was a one center. That can happen. If clicks are deemed invalid, they still show up in the count, but the dollar/cents value is removed.
There are a lot of different factors that go into the value of a click. I get clicks for .01 and I get clicks for $5.00 on the same channels. Things are possibly a factor include the source of the traffic, whether they click on the first ad in an ad unit, which is worth more, or the last one, which is worth less. The available ad competition at the exact moment of that particular click, plus the effect of personalization, remarketing, and interest based ads.
So basically, yea, there's not a whole lot you can do to influence your AdSense. That's what the product is. If you want control and influence, you will have to find another ad network, or sell direct.