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March 15, 2006: Very Low Earnings

anybody else seeing the same?

     
7:37 pm on Mar 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Down by 40$ compared to normal at this time. Same CRT and eCPM but just fewer clicks
7:40 pm on Mar 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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yes, I have unusually low results as well. checked lots of pages on the site, seems targeting is off today, lots of link units are showing a search box (not a good sign).
7:51 pm on Mar 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Yes, me too.
Visitors are the same but
CTR and EPC way down.

Starting to pick up though

8:19 pm on Mar 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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low in morning going back up now
8:29 pm on Mar 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Normal for me.. I get low earnings EVERY day .. :-(
8:34 pm on Mar 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Very good last 2 days, but today eCPM is going down fast!
8:51 pm on Mar 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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the last few weeks, my ecpm has been under $30, today it's $50. go figure!
I think google walked by my account with their big bucket and stumbled a little, letting some green splash into my account.
8:51 pm on Mar 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Strange. I am seeing high earnings (for me) but low page impressions.

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9:12 pm on Mar 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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CTR so far today is a third of what it's been for the past week. Very odd. But then, odd things do happen from time to time.
9:13 pm on Mar 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I am at about 50% of where I should be now at this time of the day.
9:24 pm on Mar 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Typical low-earnings thread: some people are talking about low CTR, others low CPC, others low eCPM, while the original post specifically states that these are normal and so presumably low impressions are to blame.

FWIW, my stats are all in the normal range.

9:36 pm on Mar 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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After a rough last week things went up on the weekend and Monday then just like the week before things went down the drain Tuesday and again today. I have no idea what is going on.
All I know is my traffic is up, epm is way down and ad targeting is terrible.
Yesterday and today I'm 50% of what I made Monday. I've never seen such crazy swings from day to day and week to week!
I hope this gets fixed soon
9:38 pm on Mar 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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As one of those who got "hit" by something similar at the start of the month, but have bounced back, I'd like to share a theory I've developed.

Deep inside the 'plex there is what is officially known as the Google Dial Room, but more usually just the GDial, the center of all Googleness. Every couple of weeks a middle-level exec gets to show some new interns or employees and their dogs (I believe all Google employees must bring a dog to work or something like that to make the coolness grade). Cackling manically, the manager says "watch this" and gives one of the dials a twist. He then hands out a sheet with lists of URLs such as WW and the instruction "Watch these sites. This is what it feels like to be a deity."

After a few hours the Appointed Guardians of the Dials (that's what all those pigeons really do) notice something's out of whack and turn the dial back to what they think it was set on.

9:54 pm on Mar 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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zcat, the last sentence had me laughing.. thanks :)
10:15 pm on Mar 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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could my drop in earnings be a googledance "problem"?
10:47 pm on Mar 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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beware the ides of march.
10:53 pm on Mar 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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March looks like being a record month for me. Something happened weekend before last that has sent average EPC north. Won't quite make UPS club, though.
11:05 pm on Mar 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Never mind the ides, some of us seem to be experiencing a case of beware the first two weeks of March.

Send some seed to the 'plex, quick, bribe those pigeons to turn the dial 10 degrees to the left, pointing in my favour ;)

11:25 pm on Mar 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I am having the best day of 2006 today.

The Timelords of the Googleplex appear to be "blessing" my sites today.

11:27 pm on Mar 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Record day here, first time I looked today at 8am was over $100 and has been going crazy since
11:29 pm on Mar 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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It's a waste of time to worry about same-day statistics, because (a) statistics are often slow to come in, and (b) impressions, clicks, etc. are often out of synch.
11:41 pm on Mar 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Don't forget (c) these threads are just noise

A week in the crapper, maybe a month, now that's a trend

But I'll disagree with EFV as my stats tend to run like clockwork on MOST days, I rarely ever see Google catch up all of a sudden although it's happened. If I get up and it says 300 impressions at 8am I check server logs to confirm or deny, beyond that we sit and wait, only seen this a handful of times ever, they seem to keep up pretty good best I can tell within an +/- 30 min. lag.

[edited by: incrediBILL at 11:45 pm (utc) on Mar. 15, 2006]

11:42 pm on Mar 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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>>FWIW, my stats are all in the normal range.

Ditto. The keyword here is "range."

12:38 am on Mar 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Maybe we shoudn't worry too much about if it's too low for a specific day, I think we also have experience that some day the payment is quite good, better than you expected.

For me, March 15 is a quite good day, in fact the best day in March so far, while March 13 is the the lowest.

3:16 am on Mar 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Not for me. Today is my best day of the year so far.
3:54 am on Mar 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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The "Google Dial Room" would make a good "Twilight Zone"
episode.
4:41 am on Mar 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Mine started out fairly high in the morning (CTR and eCPM), then dropped throughout the day. Most days seem to have that same pattern. About the same today as other days, but a tad lower.