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What if G is turning on smart pricing on purpose on the sites that get huge jumps in traffic after they last tweaked their SE algo, as to not piss off the advertisers who may all of a sudden get 100's of clicks from scrapper sites who may get promoted and not convert. Then as the stats on conversions come in, they can remove SP from the sites that are converting into sales. Kind of like Reverse-Smart-Pricing (aka dumb pricing)
It is an illusion to think you can create a bunch of sites, get them indexed, sit back and relax, putting money in the bank every month. There seems to be something fishy with that $100 mark. I have seen sites where the the mark hits $97, $98, and even $99 and seems to stop allowing more clicks as to go over the $100 requirement until 1 minute past midnight.
The best way to make a ton of money with google adsense is to have a "pristine" site(s), one of those that advertisers "want" their ads on at any cost.
Identifying those types of sites is key. The rest, run-of-the-mill, article based, ads-all-over type sites are the ones being hit the hardest.
I run a conspiracy theory site. Just kidding.
You will also notice, in NOV at least, that the amounts of "cents" paid per click have also decreased
Not my experience in November. But perhaps I have one of the "good" sites.
the high-paying keywords are heavily monitored and reserved for specific hand-picked sites.
First time I've seen this particular claim. You seem to be speaking with authority. What's your source? Or your evidence?