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But each has made more today (Tues April 13, 2004) than any other day in their AdSense earnings history. If one or two publishers had reported this, it could be coincidence. But six publishers in such different keyword areas, impressions and CTRs have all reported the highest daily earning total ever - and noticeable in a period when so many publishers have had record-low earnings (including at least a couple of those 6 publishers) in the first 12 days of April.
Could the AdSense team have received enough less-than-glowing feedback to make a change or a rollback to the "new and improved" AdSense that publishers have been experiencing since the beginning of the month? Was this April 1st - April 12th period the "New Coke" phase of AdSense?
There has been plenty of negative feedback to these new chages, with publishers threatening to leave and try competitors. But if publishers start recording record high earnings, will the first 12 days of April be shortly forgotten and AdSense will once again claim the golden image of being the best-thing-going for content site owners and hobby sites?
Timing is crucial, especially with Quigo's Ad Sonar poised to launch, supposedly this week. However, even that remains to be seen, since Ad Sonar has repeatedly pushed back their launch date. But for Google AdSense, having a competitor launch at a time when so many publishers are unhappy would be bad for AdSense and a dream come true for that competitor. And Ad Sonar could finally come through and launch this week, even if they wouldn't have otherwise, simply to capitalize on that publisher unhappiness.
Is this all just a mere coincidence? Or has there been a significant change in AdSense? There could have been an EPC split that is more favorable to publishers than it has been recently. Or the AdSense team could have tweaked their algo slightly so that publishers are getting better targeted ads than what was seen during the first 12 days of April, resulting in a higher CTR.
Are others seeing record or near-record earnings for Tuesday April 13, 2004? (Do make sure your stats have updated - some have reported much-delayed stats today, which often happens when there has been a change). Or noticed a significant change with better targeted ad or higher than normal CTR or EPC? Or anything else that could be attributed to a change?
Please, no gripes :) Keep it constructive and on-topic with what has changed with AdSense as of April 13th, why, and what it all means ;)
Nice post Jenstar. Well spotted about the possibility of the A*sonar launch being behind possible changes at Adsense (though I don't believe much of what A*sonar say anymore).
Your post has sent Adsense crashing. Everybody's now checking their stats and the Adsense page is not currently accessible :(
I applied to **** last week but never received a confirmation e-mail. I assume they only reply if you get accepted
That's rude surely! If someone's taken the time and trouble to fill in the form on the site the least you can do is say thank you. Or setup an autoresponder to say thanks.
I've filled in several applications on the A*sonar site using different URLs and different traffic figures thinking that if my traffic fell in one of the higher categories they would be more likely to reply. Not a chance.
So these guys can't keep a schedule, can't do what they say they'll do - even if that's their own launch, and don't know how to setup an autoresponder. Hmm
But I digress. I am happy to say that Adsense stats are available again. I'll keep an eye on how things pan out today earnings wise. As some have said, it'll take a few days before we know that Google has made some big changes. Jenstar, I hope you are correct.
Has everyone here seen updates for today already or do I have the odd ball account with no updates?
1. Are you unofficially the Adsense insider?
No, I am definitely not on the inside at Google AdSense, lol. But anytime things change in AdSense for better or for worse, I tend to get a flurry of stickies, emails and instant messages. There was nothing "insider" in my post, but it was my own perspective after hearing from several about having record earnings on Tuesday.
2. What is your status of Adsense earnings now comparing to prior April 1, 2004? So, you like to hear about other people's status but you don't want to tell yours.
There are many, many, many threads in this forum where I have discussed my own account of how my earnings are, when members are discussing highs and lows in thee various stats. My stats are updated and I also saw record high earnings for Tuesday.
Guess I've been pretty lucky with the recent changes. Lately traffic up (lucked out with last G algo and PR change) .. for Adsense, EPC up, CTR up (better targeting?) ..have made no significant page design changes .. in fact I've actually reduced the "in your face" exposure I was giving Adsense on some pages.
Wide range of sites BTW .. not overtly commercial in nature (i.e. not "review" sites) .. generally educational .. low graphics, "just the facts" info, directory style.
One more hint .. my SEARCH pages do VERY well.
Google is getting bashed in an unbelievable way on these forums over the last few weeks - I too am happy to see the flip side of the coin. Don't think we should all forget what we "owe" (not only) google over the last few years...
Like I said previously we will evaluate the algo changes, long enough to determine the impact, good or bad, then determine a course of action that maximizes our available ad space. When and if google doesn't give us a higher return then we will have no qualms about moving on. Their recent attitudes and secrecy towards the publishing community has ensured we will have "no loyalty" to them in the future.
I certainly hope they have reversed some of their algo changes of earlier this month, and certainly hope if they have that they will come forward and tell us that.
They have managed to get "public exposure" this month with Gmail and adsense changes. Like they say "don't matter how bad the press....its press".