Atomic hmm are you sure all the ads your seeing an impression are really gone. It has been my experience they are orphan pages that still have the old ad on you removed from a redesign and sometimes get a hit from an off the wall search.
Atomic is your site DB driven as I had the same issue and finally just did a complete db search for the bad ad number. I found the ads on long ago forgotten pages that were still live on the server, but were taken off the site years ago.
I see no lag. Income is right where it usually is. The only thing noteworthy is the recovery of my CTR beginning about 3 days ago to levels not seen for about 6 months. I'd say CTR is up about 30%. Most of the improvement is coming from image ads and especially animated image ads.
I also tried something different with my AdSense color palette. I had previously used the same palette for every ad. This time I tried the Google default on a 728x90 unit at the top of the site, but maintained blended colors on my other ad unit. I also added a border to the blended color unit. It took a lot of tries, but it's nice to see something that works.
But I also suspect I am drawing a slightly different audience since doing a major rework of my title tags. That's a lot of changes without even going into my new layout. Sumthins workin.
I've been looking into this. Seems fairly controversial. Why do you feel this is a good thing to do? Thanks.
I don't see it as controversial at all. The only controversy is because Blekko has made a unilateral decision that all 'noarchive' urls are spammers, and have banned them from their search engine. But I don't know anyone (other than SEOs) using Blekko anyway, so screw 'em.
I use it because there's no earthly reason for old cached pages to stick around; same as I block the internet archives. In the case of my sites, many of them are events; no reason to keep old event pages from previous years. In the case of my client's ecommerce sites, there is an issue of old pricing being cached - who wants that?
One of my clients got socked because an ex employee used an image she just found in Google images - we'd long since taken it off the site - like SIX YEARS ago - but because there were old pages still around, the client had to pay well into four figures for that mistake.
Actually, I can't think of a good reason why I would want to keep old versions of *any* pages around.
I blame pageoneresults and incrediBill for nudging me over to this point of view.
Either it's a huge lag, or my website is down. The forum section of my site is having issues at the moment which is some cause, but impresions have barely budged in 4 hours, and CTR hasn't changed...is it Christmas?
Checked after 6am (baby woke up for a feed), and it was reasonable - the day ends at 9am, and so checked it again and up 40% above my normal earnings. Not sure where that came from but my CTR is looking better than any other time in the previous week.
For some reason with adsense I always tend to do better in the second half of the month (and this month seems no different) which is odd, as the new Ad spend normally comes in at the start of the month, and then peeters out towards the end of the month ... but for me it is the reverse.
<not arrogance - just a fact> As for blekko, it is a real shame that they took this view on noarchived sites ... I am hopping they will eventually see sense or look at a case by case basis if you asked for a manual review, because I am NOT taking the noarchive tag off my site just for them, or anyone else, (I even recently took off all RSS Feeds to my site and I am much happier for that as well) and therefore their SERPs are much poorer for not listing my content. </not arrogance - just a fact>
Yes, Adsense Maintenance is supposed to be happening today from 9-5pm PDT. Click count stopped moving a few hours ago here. May not have anything to do with the maintenance though as this seems to be the new norm.
@JCKline if you go to the top of this page @Atomic starts a mini discussion on not allowing search engines to cache the site, probably for the same reason you state, ... the rest of the comments reminded everyone that Blekko is taking a stand and saying that any noarchive tag used in the header code means they will not index (?or even spider?) your site, as they say: "noarchive is used mainly by spam sites" (paraphrased from a brief and heated little discussion the Blekko founder had on this site about his policy).
So basically @JCKline your site will not appear in Blekko SERPs (to their detriment) and we will never have anyone (?apart from Bing?) who can challenge Google for SE dominance. I personally do not have anyone coming from Blekko SERPs because of this policy, and therefore any visitors who might click on adsense etc. is null and void from this search engine ... which is a shame because I like the Blekko philosophy, apart from this one snag, which unfortunately keeps my high quality website out of their SERPs.
Whether you agree with the Blekko stance or whether you agree that the webmaster and not the search engine should only be allowed to have copyrighted material available is up to you.
To Blekko, noarchive = noindex
[edited by: JoePublisher at 6:44 pm (utc) on May 14, 2011]