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One would expect Google to post some sort of notice...
I also had a 25% increase in traffic that day of about 1,000 visitors, yet I made about 25% less with adsense. Today everything seems to be fine again, nothing has changed on the server and it's as responsive like always.
To counter the situation even more, I removed a few not-so-well performing channels. The result, today still 30% below normal rates, even though CTR at all time high.
Maybe this is some global smart pricing in effect, since so many people are having the same problem!
India ads are gone, now I have music downloads....joy, joy. Doesn't fit at all either. One new ad had a landing page so heavy that it would only half load and sit there grinding. If it won't load it surely won't convert...2 more ads into the filter.
For me I haven't noticed any major problems yet. My figures are pretty low but that could be tied into a down turn in things like traffic that has been happening for a while. Ads seem reasonably on target as well.
C'mon, use some some common sense dude. Lots of people are complaining and for your information that there is most definitely something going on; all the new pages on my site that went from zero to PR5/6 and stayed there for over a week are now all black to zero.
THere is most definitely something going on and we don't need to news to know. You're a little shortminded to think as long as nothing affects you that everything is ok everywhere else, because this thread proves that this is simply not the case.
If there were big problems with Google or the net in general wouldn't it be all over news reports and sites?
Yes, but scattered earnings drops and poor targeting aren't "big problems" in a news sense. I checked around some other forums and this hasn't really made a stir yet. It appears that WebmasterWorld is the coal mine and we are the canaries. Alarmist threads are probably too common here, this forum seems to be the place to go when things are a bit "off." There was a recent thread about this...
I personally like to compare notes here but maybe I'm too obsessive with it.
THere is most definitely something going on and we don't need to news to know.
I was only commenting as the initial post was stating all Google servers are down. Google is a big site, the last time it went down there was a lot of coverage instantly.
There have also been posts of UK DNS problems, so glancing at the posts it would seem as though there were some very big problems hitting Google and the net...
Sure there are all kinds of reasons why some may having problems and others aren't (Geo targetting, acessing different Google servers etc) so it'll be interesting to read any reports on it.
[edited by: Idris at 8:22 pm (utc) on Mar. 5, 2006]
Even Googe search has been briefly down on and off. Something is going on but I'm sure they can disable adsense from their end if needed. Maybe they are just slowing things done a bit. I'm noticing just 2 ads on the rectangles over the last couple of days.
If true it could mean the end of Googles adsense program.
The entire industry of PPC models of advertising and publishing would be brought down.