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I would encourage any webmaster that earns monthly income from PPC on websites or domains, to send letters to your state and federal government officials demanding that transparency be forced upon ad providers, rights to audit your own earnings, etc... I've sent out four letters already, two for AdSense, and two for AdWords. If enough letters are received, your government will take action.
A lot of people earn a living from PPC, and it's time the industry became transparent.
In order to be more transparent about how our system calculates earnings, we've added the words "Estimated" and "Finalized" next to "Earnings" throughout your account. Rest assured these terminology changes don't reflect a change to the way your finalized earnings are calculated. It's simply intended to give you a clearer idea of what's our estimation of your earnings and what's finalized.
...send letters to your state and federal government officials demanding that transparency be forced upon ad providers, rights to audit your own earnings, etc
I'm in the U.S. so you're basically asking me to ask the U.S. Congress to "help" and interject their "wisdom" in between me and AdSense.
Er... NO thanks. No way.
As far as I know, there's not a single PPC program, affiliate program, etc. that a webmaster can't quit if he doesn't like it.
You're here, and you posted, so you care a little.
Nothing has changed, except the language on the page.
*one time it was actually higher, which is a total mystery that I will never understand or get an explanation for