I seem to have my second biggest site on the move with traffic coming back strongly however the EPC is dire, an average of 33% of normal, and only reporting 1 click from the UK today...what?
Fingers crossed that they're busy sorting out whatever they did.
The worst example I've seen so far was for a three keyword term with two sites taking the top 7 spots and for widget traders all 7 were totally useless, actually I'm not sure if they were of any use to anyone they were that irrelevant, anyway they're completely gone now.
They're in flux at the moment, I have stuff going in and out, Google results going up and down...hopefully things should settle within 24 hours but, just as a reminder, today's earnings are abysmal, I've not reached 12.5% yet, this is going to be one to remember.
I only started as an Adsense publisher in Dec 2010. Traffic and income was a trickle in January, but made £100 in Feb, £200 in March then £400 in April - in the last two weeks of April I was on £20+ per day. Naturally I was excited by this trend.
Suddenly, May comes and I'm down to January traffic and income!
I've been doing the same thing every day, all my content is original, handwritten by me. I've done nothing out of the ordinary and continued following my plan - but it's 9th today and I've made just £90 this month!
I guess it's a relief to find that I'm not the only one, but I am seriously reconsidering my plan of putting Adsense at the heart of my business model if this is going to happen when I follow all the rules! What happened?
Yesterday finished pretty good in the end. This morning I woke up to see I had earned about 70% for a typical Sunday. Like Saturday, or maybe it was Friday (I can't remember which), earnings started kicking in very late into the day after I had gone to sleep. The stats looked horrendous until then and I thought I would end the day at around 30%.
Today its looking little better (I am at around 45%) but there still just over 9 hours left in the day so things could catch up late again. I have a particular figure in mind which I would need to hit or am still going ahead and taking the ads off for a day and see what happens.
Yesterday, 9th May, I was back up to 90% of my last two weeks of April Average.
Unfortunately, this happened just as I was changing my position reporting program so I cannot accurately tell if my sites lost position over these last few days - did anyone else see any SER changes over this persion, or was this a Google reporting glitch?
All my traffic and clicks seem to have been proportionate with my drop in earnings, so either ALL my sites dropped in position, or else Google dropped the ball at the Adsense back end - which seems more likely given that everyone here seems to have been equally affected.
Yesterday closed at above 70% and I deemed that high enough to not take the ads off.
But the real bizarre aspect has been a compete discrepancy between actual traffic and adsense impressions for my main site. Yesterday the impressions ended up at less than 20 (yes, just twenty) when the actual page views were in their thousands. But I know many of the clicks were recorded even if they did not show up in the reports. I wouldn't have been able to finish above 70% of norm without lot of clicks generated on that site.
They have completely messed up my account reports since the start of May.
I just want to go back to the way it was before May when earnings updated at regular intervals and impressions and clicks showed up correctly.
> everyone here seems to have been equally affected.
There are those on this board like @Atomic who are reporting record earnings. I'm not one of them. My AdSense earnings are a fraction of what they once were, but I'm not entirely sure why that is. Every now and then I'll get a day where the earnings are like they used to be and that renews my hope in the program. This month overall they have been inching their way back up. Still way under from what once was, but good enough to keep me on the AdSense hook. Here's to hoping things get better!
I've been with Adsense for years now, and it was always consistent until April, when the clicks dropped off, despite I had the same levels of traffic. I updated my website using more of the skyscraper ads, and upgrading the smaller text ads to larger ones, which led to about a 30% increase in earnings. As I'm keen to monitor my changes I log into Adsense regularly, but find the reports wild. My CPC today for example is pathetic, but I've found during the past week it jumps wildly at random times of the day. Yesterday I thought I was in for a terrible day, but then around 3pm (GMT) it jumped, and again around 7pm it started jumping up very significantly and continued to do so over the following few hours. I wonder if the higher paying ads get delayed, so that your earnings do not display until Google has run some verifications? It's now 4pm, and I've had no afternoon jumps, and if it continues I will finish at an all time low. I'm still get the same number of clicks and the same type of ads are showing as before.
Didn't know it was referred to as a click dump. Nearly six hours since my last post, and my earnings have been nearly static since, so I'm hoping they'll erratically jump upwards again soon. Strangely I did get one single click on a small website that rarely pays anything, and that single click paid out £2.54 (just over $4), which is about the highest I've received for a single click. Wouldn't mind a few more of those!