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I hadn't been on my site today so didn't notice the problem until I saw this thread, but earnings are certainly way down on the norm for the day.
Some, and often times the very best ones will compensate affiliates based on the average earnings they would have received during the down time. I can surely say that those programs that do offer this will win the loyalty of their affiliates like almost no other gesture can.
A certain affiliate program I have worked with for some time actually went a step further, even compensating affiliates for server down time as a result of a natural disaster (let alone a programming glitch or hardware failure).
Nevertheless, I am about 99% sure this will be a "So sorry..." from Google.
Does 'Page Impression' recorded by Google also include PSAs? If not, then that really explain the huge drop of ad impressions as seen this day when a large number of PSAs are shown.
Reported impressions for my sites yesterday 4/23 are down about 20% from my own numbers, vs. about 1-2% variation on a typical day. My numbers do not include spiders.
Hopefully Google will make an adjustment in the next 48 hours.
My site does 50K uniques per months; 400K page views; have serious traffic and PR; updated every 12 hours
[ not a "this is my cat Fluffy" site, ] crawled every 48 hours by googlebot;
I e-mailed the adsense people and they said please be patient. [ Yeah be patient while my revenue has imploded like the stellar material in the center of a black hole ].
I am now experimenting with **** - a soon to be launched adsense alternative until they straighten out the glitch.
It seems that many of the adsense advertisers are also buying ****.
The ads seem to be targeted to a similar degree of precision and accuracy although the **** rep (yes a real live person)claims it will be more highly targeted and they promise a 60/40 split off the top (60% to the webmaster)
They claim their technology uses the same platform that Israeli intelligence uses to gather and integrate large amounts of data into orderly buckets.
They claim that their crawling methods will yield better ctr.
Will keep you posted.
[edited by: keypclkn at 9:29 pm (utc) on April 24, 2004]
Funny thing is - I have my code set to just show a color instead of PSAs. I think something is VERY broken as targeting has also been acting weird, like it's being switched off and on like a bad electrical connection.
Other keywords no change...
I think Google stinks up the place, by not being honest about what they are doing with theirpublishers.
If anyone has found a good replacement for Google, I'd sure like to know who it is. People tattoe Harley Davidson on their bodys... now that's product loyalty.
Google will soon find out they have no loyalty out there,
just let MSN or Yahoo offer a product in competition with Adsense...
Can you say BIG SUCKING SOUND?
That's 80 percent of their producers leaving.
If someone has something better than AdSense, then it would be strictly a business decision to move to them. And then back again, if things were better at AdSense.
I'm probably not alone in remembering the DOT DOOM crisis a year or so ago where there was not anything the average to small website could put on that would make them any revenue. I'm probably in the larger average size in my traffic and am making a surprising amount of revenue from the service. It appears to be off one day, on again another, really on for a day or three, really off for similar.. I'd have to go at least six months to see how it goes.. but bottom line to what I'm saying..
If there's something better than AS, make the move, it's not personal, I doubt they would see it that way.
They've not been too bad for the past month, but now they're not really that relevent. Definitely not PSAs though.
I recall from the sign on materials they do not count PSA clickthroughs in their click, but I may be mistaken.
Every page my clients had that went to PSA's needed to be replaced to get rid of the PSAs. For lack of patience, in some cases new locations were needed since the PSA flag stuck to the URI for more than 2 days.