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AdSense Doing Maintenance Today?

Saturday December 6, 2008 worst day in months

     
5:05 pm on Dec 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

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anyone else seeing just terrible stats today ?
5:46 pm on Dec 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I'm not looking at intraday stats.

But I ran a short calculation today. If the eCPM keeps dropping like it did since September, I will start to =pay= Google by April/May timeframe.

(I won't because I will pull Adsense mid/end-January if revenues have not improved by then.)

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The same here... usually saturdays are not great days but come on, this is ridiculous. Yesterday wasn't the best day either. I just hope they're doing some maintenance work, otherwise the AdSense era may be finished for me.
6:02 pm on Dec 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

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anyone else seeing just terrible stats today ?

Not just AdSense, a total lack of traffic today aross all my sites, Thanks Giving looked positively busy compared to this.

6:32 pm on Dec 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I'm actually up a bit today from last week's average. That's not saying much since last week was dismal.

I'm resigned to things being bad for awhile, but how long can the system support losing so many publishers?

7:10 pm on Dec 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I'm in the same boat as HuskyPup, traffic is low.
7:11 pm on Dec 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

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You all do realize we have a poor economy right now?
7:19 pm on Dec 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

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It's a big shopping weekend and there are a lot of big American football college games on TV. Many people I know have plans to do something today and tonight they'll be going to Xmas parties.
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>>>You all do realize we have a poor economy right now?

That's a part of it but doesn't explain what's happening today. I think Atomic may have identified the issue. It's fairly consistent that important sporting event days in the United States correlates with unusually low traffic and earnings.

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I'm up today significantly, for a Saturday, as far as traffic and earnings.

However, I sent out an issue of one of my email newsletters yesterday and that's what is driving the traffic surge.

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8:25 pm on Dec 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

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traffic is down only slightly but per click dropped like a rock..same lead advertisers on the ads
8:31 pm on Dec 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Pretty dismal here for a while, then I got a small click dump about an hour ago, making it only "bad". I just checked again and the click dump was gone and I was back to the numbers from earlier. Something is up.

I don't worry about down days anymore, I only worry about the monthly numbers.

8:49 pm on Dec 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

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My demographic isn't into football, so my numbers look pretty good.
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When Cheap Gas meets Weekend / Vacation season the result has to be low traffic

I dread the 28 days of this coming Feb.

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Better today than expected. Has been getting steadily worse the last few weeks (actually last few months). Today was just a bit lower than recent averages, Saturday normally my worst day.
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Horrible numbers for adsense today, fantastic numbers with our other inventory suppliers.
9:17 pm on Dec 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Where's all the traffic gone?

I thought I'd been bombed from the SERPs but no, a check on all my keywords and phrases look normal, simply a total lack of traffic.

How about you?

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Whoa you're right Husky... my routine is the same everyday. First thing I check is my Adsense stats. If it looks screwed, I check my site to make sure it's up and running and there was no downtime while I was away. Then I check the serps to see if I'm where I'm supposed to be.

But today... impression way down! And I've made 31 cents so far! Either stats are waaaaaaay off or I'm in deep s**t. At this rate, there's no point giving my prime real estate to Adsense blocks.

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Hi Andrew...I reckon my earnings are going to be about 66% of my previously worst day.

I can't blame Google, CTR is a little down and EPC normal, I've simply so little traffic across the sites from every country!

Even my spam's down today...huh?

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To be fair to Goog... impressions are also down for other ad networks.
8:37 am on Dec 8, 2008 (gmt 0)

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People are getting tired of the internet...guess that fad is over!
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People are getting tired of the internet...guess that fad is over!

Interesting comment. Many truths are spoken in jest. Not tired I imagine, but the novelty is wearing off. People actually use it now, rather than play with it just because they can. Certainly, my own behaviour towards the net has changed in recent years compared to when I first got access. I no longer surf here, there and everywhere for fun but only go to a few sites selectively that I need or use.

After losing a spreadsheet a few months ago (through not backing up and then losing a hard drive), I have just been through the exercise of putting all my Adsense figures into another spreadsheet.

When I look at the numbers from a year or two ago compared to now it is enough to make me weep.

My Adsense figures correlate directly to my stockmarket portfolio, both of which peaked in May 2007. After that, both started on a downward trend which - despite the odd bout of optimism - continues.

The world economy is bad, the net is maturing, people are out Christmas shopping, and my main sites cater to unnecessary travel - a real luxury at the moment that many will not even be thinking about.

I'm not over optimistic about 2009 either but think that things will start to get better in 2010.

Even my spam's down today...huh?

The BBC reported last month that a spam company called McColo had been closed. It was around that time that I saw spam plummet.

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Interestingly I had a bit of an incomes boost towards the end of the Google Day and didn't end with my worst-ever day.

Comparing the first 7 days of December to previous years may seem a little pointless since last year, like some others, I had been hit by the Glitch, all the same it is interesting to note that my income is almost the same even though CTR is down considerably my EPC is much higher, however comparing aginst 2006 really does make me wonder what DID happen to many of us to experience such a huge reduction?

People are getting tired of the internet...guess that fad is over!

I've been wondering that myself for quite a while and Jaideemaak makes some valid points. I use it less myself and as for my daughters, 21 and 25, it is mainly a work tool now apart from the occasional social networking site and even those they do not use like they used to.

Guessing out aloud here, could smart phones also have had some effect? I do know quite a few people that do not bother whatsoever with the "traditional" access devices threse days.

It was around that time that I saw spam plummet.

I saw that for a couple of days then it returned more or less to its previous levels however I do feel this last week has possibly seen less. It's quite difficult to be accurate since we've recently had some e-mail filtering upgrades on the servers and they have undoubtedly helped.

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We had some of our best Adsense days of the year this first week of December.
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We had some of our best Adsense days of the year this first week of December.

Me too, after years of terrible Decembers, I decided last year to add a number of christmas gift idea articles to the website. Didn't help much last year, but I'm having the best December ever now :) (since 2004)
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I notice traffic in the beginning of December to be similar to what it was in November.
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I wouldn't describe my AdSense income as great as it's a lot lower than a year ago, but the last couple of days are a lot better than the typical revenue I got in November.
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just about every site i have are experiencing lower adsense ecpm and it's been happening for 3 weeks or so.

for example, one site that used to make $10-$15 a day for the past 2 years is now struggling very hard to make $4 or $5 a day. each click is now only earning me $0.03 to $0.10. Only one out of many sites was able to keep it's high ecpm, it's in an ultra competitive niche though.

i wonder if people will start steering away from adsense because of this...

[edited by: directwheels at 8:40 pm (utc) on Dec. 8, 2008]

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I like the football scenario. Traffic on my geo based sites drops dramatically when the local pro or popular college football team is playing. Especially Dallas, traffic goes to almost nothing on game days. Ah well, I guess it will only last 3 more weekends seeing as how the Cowboys are playing so bad, they won't even get the wildcard slot :(.
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My earnings are relatively normal so far; nothing special in either direction. Last saturday was pretty dismal, but today is great. Guess it's holiday time and many variables come into play (days off, days spent at the mall etc.)
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