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I am concerned reading all the posts of people seeing decreases in adsense earnings this year.
I personnally have seen increases. Not dramatic, but increases non-the-less. Not bragging, on the contrary, I am now getting increasingly concerned by all the decreased earnings posts...
I get a feeling of dread, like I am next. I think it might benefit our community and give us a feel of adsense's general direction if we all chime in with an "up" or "down" response.
Compared to last January my income is up about 20%, but my traffic is down about 10% for the month. CTR and eCPM are both up.
It's been said many times here, but don't worry too much about all the downer threads. Publishers doing poorly at any given moment seem far more likely to post about it than those doing well.
If the whole system was falling apart, or if income was crashing for even a majority of publishers this place would be lit up like a Christmas tree with posters fighting for digital space to post comments about it.
There are some definite seasonal fluctuations within that band, and the site itself has had some SERP caused and seasonal traffic fluctuations that impacted my total income, in both directions.
With 2006 over and companies waiting for the dust to settle January is traditionally a lower advertising month in the US. Heck, even radio stations offer the same ads for a huge markdown during this month hoping to entice advertisers to spend money - I hope that's it :)