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It appears adsense is now adding Referal button views to page impressions. Since adding Adsense and Firefox referal images, my page impression counts have skyrocketed, probably doubled, don't know for sure yet.
Who knows what weird effects this will have on CTR, smart pricing and earnings. This is the easiest kind of thing to test before releasing a new feature.
Here we go again, what to do, what to do?
Since these referral buttons do not have to produce any "relevant" ad content I would think at least they would work in an IFrame. The Adsense code itself used to work fine in IFrames until August when the "section targeting" feature was added. (IFrames are "inline frames" that retain the same context as the current page).
I'll have to use a div somehow or pull the Referral buttons.
Until this morning the numbers on each site were more or less equal to the total impressions.
Late yesterday I added the referral buttons throughout the 3 sites.
This morning the impressions are 25% higher than the total of the three site channels.
This means my CTR & eCPM tanked.
ASA are you around. No sense sending anything to support as it is weekend.
If, as some have said, that smart pricing relates to CTR then I'm a little worried. My EPC is still about normal.
I pulled the referrals until the Page Impression counters are fixed.
I guess I should write support. This is time consuming, tiresome, and probably impacts earnings negatively yet again.
Microsoft is cleaning up a lot of subtle bugs. Google is producing software that has blatant bugs.
Sorry but at this point there is no contest between Microsoft and Google, Microsoft will win "hands down" in a software quality battle. Watch out Google, if Gates puts his development team on a search engine project, they're going to win!
Why is it web software from large organizations, is not even meeting basic software quality standards?
I recently saw a photo of the Adsense team.
The team was so small, what is Google doing with all its shareholders money! Somebody's pocketing a lot of dough. Google get some people on the team, and pay them fairly!
TEST your software
Enough rant. I'd speel chek this but my qality stndrds are tooooogle low.
No offense but click-through-rates and ecpm do not relate to actual income earned.
Spoken with authority. I assume what you're saying is Page Impressions don't count? Because I think at least to a limited extent clicks sure do.
Granted Adsense can pay anything per any click, and seems to around click dump time.
There at least seems to be an acceptable band of CTR versus site type and content. Go out of this band and earnings drop. This is one artifical way to infer actual conversions.
There's no way Google has a lot of legitimate data on true conversions. I'm an Adwords advertiser, I don't provide conversion information. Any advertiser who wants to cheat will always report low conversions, trying to keep advertising costs as low as possible.
Google has to do something to calculate conversions due to a given site and topic. Page Impressions (PI) versus site impressions (SI) could be a factor, PI vs SI vs time could be a factor, who knows, I sure don't. But I want the fundimental data to be accurate!
From what I've seen since Sept 2003, Page Impressions and Clicks impact earnings. How much has varied over time, season, and current algorythm.
Finally today is looking like a really bad day earnings wise. Hmm, had a very high impression count yesterday, wonder if it's related? Better not lose my notebook.