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As most people wouldn't even ship an order until the New Year now
They certainly are doing in the UK, for a friend I ordered a great specification laptop yesterday with $300 off and promised delivery on Tuesday.
Most of the UK's online shops/suppliers are open for business.
I pity the poor shoppers in the real world. My eldest daughter had to start work at 5 am this morning until 2 pm and could not even get a park when she arrived to 400 people clamouring to get in. It was taking 1.5 hours to pay at the till!
Someone just told me that a very major UK High Street retailer's web site crashed as soon as they started their sale this morning...mad, the world's totally mad!
Here the % compared to the very low December average of all English sites. In () the total of all German and English pages compared with the from all December average
24: 51% English ( 83% all )
25: 86% English ( 107% all )
25: 88% English ( 116% all )
Its the day after christmas (we celebrate a second christmas day here for those who didnt read my earlier post) and things are fairly back to normal :)
It seems I was being punished by a links page on one of my sites. I put the rel=nofollow after reading the case of another webmaster here being "punished" for the links he had. My earnings came back to normal after 15 days, just in time for my low december to make it normal-december. Coincidence?
Don't know but the rel=nofollow stays from now on after reading the danger of direct links and the work it demands to keep checking normal links (reputation)
Likewise in terms of an uptick since Dec 25th in terms of CTR and EPC (eCPM), but this is a very short statistical window
Yes, very weird. Been some huge gyrations this month. If you take a few years back average, as 1000, then today the average is 100.
This month has rock'n rolled on a day to day basis between 50 and 150.
Never before since day one. Worst band previously was +/- 20%
Financially, Christmas Day was out of control. Heh!
Who am I to complain? Like many others, I'm slowly finding other viable and profitable alternatives.
When those alternatives prove a better proposition then AdSense takes a back seat.
I'm not alone with this theory.
[edited by: IanCP at 5:07 am (utc) on Dec. 30, 2008]