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Ad targeting is spot on and personally I am finding everything extremely stable so far...in fact, the past few weeks have been THE most stable I have experienced in the past couple of years with Adsense!
Anyone else experiencing similar?
What's important is that EPC, eCPM, and total revenues are higher than they were during the same period last year.
>I'm very pleased to say overall Adsense earnings up 24.86%!
Congratulations and well done (and also to thegreatpretender, TheDonster, hunderdown and others who have increased earnings). Can you say (in general terms) what you did to increase earnings by this much? Or is a just a bouyant market in dog spectacles :-)
>Anyone care to share before and after CTRs
I'm not ignoring your question, but rather deliberately not answering :-). The TOS allow sharing of earnings only, not CTRs.
Can you say (in general terms) what you did to increase earnings by this much?
Certainly one of my core sites have been picked up by a German widget trade site with an already 300% increase in German referral traffic this month.
New satellite sites launched have already been picked up and ranking well in Yahoo! and MSN and getting good referrals.
The widget trade seems unusually bouyant for November and if this follows through into 2006 then we're going to have a cracking trading year.
Also, I have an AdLinks block on my home page, which was a big earner from the time I put it up in June. But recently, say in September, it dropped off. From what I could tell, poorer targeting was affecting CTR. I used section targeting to nudge what was appearing and I think it's worked. Anyone with a page that isn't showing ads or adlinks that work as well as you would like, try this. You of course have to do it by hand (unless you globally insert tags to have AdSense ignore a navigation bar, for instance), but on a high-potential page it's worth the effort.
Re CTR: mine is between 5% and 20% and has been for over a year, ever since I moved the one adblock I use on most pages into a better position. I tend to think that you're right that AdSense looks at CTR--my theory is that if you have a very low CTR (under 2%, under 1%?) you get penalized in smart pricing. It's possible that they are also penalizing very high CTR. Certainly my CTR and EPC have been pretty stable over the past year. But the EPC stability is partly a product of averaging. My site has a very mixed bag of content and gets clicks that range VERY widely in value. They just tend to average out at about the same amount....
rising traffic = less revenue, it's no coincidence its happening to so many adsensers
Not for me...that's why this thread is about those earning more...if the next 10 hours continue the same then I shall definitely have my best ever day, already I'm at my daily average.
may I ask how many sites you run and how many new sites you're starting each week?
I have 122 domains and most of those names I have owned for a minimum 6 years, some up 13-14 years and half a dozen or so bought in the last few months, however last month I decided to rationalise how some of the smaller sites were featured since some were simply duplicates, therefore for some of the hyphenated sites such as widgetwidget.com and widget-widget.com etc I decided to park one domain on top of the other until I find time to develop them separately.
This has definitely had a beneficial effect already, I'm not too sure why however it has.
The names I own are all very widget trade specific therefore it is simply a question of finding the time to create the new pages for these sites. All the information, images etc I already have, it is just trying to find those hours to put them together.
I would like to try and complete a new site each week however that's an impossibility right now therefore it's closer to one a month!...but saying that I am about to re-launch 8 sites I have being re-developing so that'll better the average.
These 8 sites I expect to do extremely well since I have been racking myself silly for ages on the best way to present them to the trade and I feel I've got it right...time will tell, as usual.
I have loads more sites for my widget trade I could build...given the time...maybe if I locked myself away in a holiday home?
Don't forget that I do not do this as a full-time site builder, this is part-time to my real work marketing my real widget products through the sites consequently every day my office is interrupted by 700+ e-mails, faxes, telephone enquiries and quotations to oversee...
Do I love it...of course I do:-)
My traffic IS up somewhat--Google and Yahoo both seemed to like a site reorganization that I did primarily to make things easier for my visitors--but income is up mainly due to increases in EPC and CTR.
From your posts in several threads, I think you are assuming that everyone, or almost everyone, must be going through what you are. Many people make that assumption, actually.... AdSense is an enormous program with many different kinds of sites in it, and one of the problems on this board is that we are comparing apples, oranges, bananas, and grapes, not to mention papayas and kumquats, and that even among the apples there are multiple factors affecting the many sites in that category.