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June 2011 AdSense Earnings & Observations

     
2:58 pm on Jun 1, 2011 (gmt 0)



Do we need to depress some of us for another month or, as coachm wrote:

It's funny at this point. I'm rooting for it to go lower, since I'd hardly lose any more money. Let's break a record!


Game on!
9:17 pm on Jun 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Another two hours later, click count still the same.
1:47 am on Jun 7, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Don't think I've seen CTR as bad as I have this week. It's like a week full of Christmas days without the presents and roast turkey!

Ironically, I received an email confirming I could go to the nearest AdSense Roadshow event. Unfortunately I won't be able to go because I'm working a minimum wage job to keep the money coming in.

Life sure throws a few interesting curves.
2:09 pm on Jun 7, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Looking quite good.
3:34 pm on Jun 7, 2011 (gmt 0)

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> Looking quite good.

Off to a pretty good start here too. Hope it holds up!
4:57 pm on Jun 7, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I'm rich!

I think I'll retire. Noone should have to work past their mid-thirties anyway.
5:22 pm on Jun 7, 2011 (gmt 0)

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My main site which saw horrible ecpm in the first half of May, is now getting back to normal. This first week has been good. Hopefully it stays that way.
7:03 pm on Jun 7, 2011 (gmt 0)

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This month is really weird so far.
I'm having a really good day (pre Panda levels) then a really bad day and then a really good day almost like clockwork.
Saturday good, Sunday bad, Monday good, Tuesday bad.
It's like a switch being flipped on and off.
7:44 pm on Jun 7, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I've seen some weird alternating things too. Like, one day most of the stats reported will be for ads units. Then the next day, light on ads but heavy on link units. Then it goes back to ad-heavy. It's almost like they're not calculated the same way or at the same time now. Really weird. Because my logs and statcounter and what not don't reflect these back-and-forths as far as user clickitude.
8:49 pm on Jun 7, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Things have plateaued here for the past couple of hours. Hope that ain't it for the day. :-|
10:51 pm on Jun 7, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Another two hours, click count unchanged. Seems to be the pattern for my account of late. Click count accrues for awhile then is arrested for a few hours and then (hopefully) starts up again.
3:47 am on Jun 8, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Whatever I tweak on my sites nothing seems helps since Panda... I've exhaused just about every hint and suggestion... but alas Pandas grip on my throat will not let go...

My traffic still on the rise... but today takes the cake... 53 clicks for a mere ten bucks...

Don't the powers realise if I'm not making money neither are they
3:59 am on Jun 8, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I'm in the same boat, ElvisFan. I've been working 14-16 hours a day doing various things that might help, but everything remains static. Traffic is half of what it was pre-April 11, and CTR and eCPM have both gone down by half.
6:27 am on Jun 8, 2011 (gmt 0)

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53 clicks for a mere ten bucks


Not sure what your topic is but roughly 20 cents a click is pretty good!
12:33 pm on Jun 8, 2011 (gmt 0)



With the first week of June completed my earnings are a disaster compared to the same 7 days in 2010, as a percentage I have so far had:

G Impressions 78%
Clicks 48%
CTR 56%
eCPM 47.6%
EPC 85.55%

Meaning overall Earnings @ 41.67%


Nice eh?
4:13 pm on Jun 8, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Yesterday closed at 60% and today is off to a slow start.
4:42 pm on Jun 8, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Yup, something is clogging the ole toilet today.

sorry, that's where my mind goes when when AdSense stats run far behind my own
6:13 pm on Jun 8, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Surprisingly enough, by 8 AM I was at the point where I'm normally at 4 hours later. But the day is young.
6:23 pm on Jun 8, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Impressions for one of my channels is unusually high today, almost at the average day total already. Click count remains unchanged.
9:26 pm on Jun 8, 2011 (gmt 0)



I'm close to giving up. Or else I'm going to buy myself a copy of WP Robot and start blackhatting. Because I've followed Google guidelines to the letter and today is the worst day since I started. Worse, even than a Saturday.

Since Mid May I've increased the frequency with which I add new content to my 20+ sites. And increased my linkbuilding activities.

Bizarrely, I had my best income day ever on Monday. Tuesday was low and today - it's now 1020pm and I have a TOTAL of 195 impressions, and one click = 0.49p

What happened?
Did Google change the rule book and tell no one?
10:53 pm on Jun 8, 2011 (gmt 0)

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plondon, following Google's rules is not a guarantee of income.
11:48 pm on Jun 8, 2011 (gmt 0)

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For some reason or other, ad targeting has been really crap recently. On some pages it's bang on, but on quite a lot it's just rubbish. I'm also noticing a few odd URLs, and sometimes these same ads are on lots of unrelated pages. Can't we just wind back the clock a few years. I know the economy sucks but I think AdSense served up better ads and was a lot less complicated.. you know, the third part advertising networks, interest based ads etc. I do often wonder whether or not Google's bottom line is suffering like ours. Come to think of it, why did they kill off the referral programme in the UK? I used to actually make money on that!
12:57 am on Jun 9, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Not looking good at all today. :-(
2:00 am on Jun 9, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Not looking good at all today. :-(

ditto
4:42 am on Jun 9, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Impressions are up by 30% today but earnings are at 15% - by far the lowest day all month. Is anybody doing well?
5:14 am on Jun 9, 2011 (gmt 0)



super low, seems like today will be bad.
6:50 am on Jun 9, 2011 (gmt 0)

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All figured normal, except payment.
The day started slow, but the final figures seems the worst this year...

It's a "smart" pricing hit?
8:51 am on Jun 9, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Best day in quite some time for me
9:09 am on Jun 9, 2011 (gmt 0)



For me it's been a month now at these new, much lower levels, and I can't forsee much changing until Google re-runs Panada.

Whether that will make things better or worse I suppose we shall find out in time but what puzzles me is how come Panda also affected my CTR so much?

The only logical explanation I can come up with is that Panda erased much of my legitimate traffic therefore much more of the traffic I now get are probably bots and plain ol' cr@p under many disguises.

Anyone else wondered why?
10:30 am on Jun 9, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I have seen no noticeable effect from Panda, but my earnings dropped sharply yesterday and are bad so far today. Both CPC and CTR are down.

I think its poor ad targeting. Not outright spammy ads, but irrelevant ads, especially in Asia, so morning earnings are very poor. UK targeting seems to be better, I have not looked from a US IP.

My financial site is getting a broader range of education related ads, rather than the just the finance related courses I usually see. I just saw an ad for a screenwriting course.

I think targeting is off, not in an obvious way, but one that has a large impact on earnings anyway. Someone at the Goog turned a knob too far?

Something else I have noticed is that I tend to get low rates when traffic is climbing relative to the previous week or so and high rates when traffic is falling. That is also true at the moment.
10:53 am on Jun 9, 2011 (gmt 0)



Very strange month so far:
Wed 1st: Page views: 488 - Est Earnings: 11.05 - CTR: 6.15%
Thu 2nd: Page views: 417 - Est Earnings: 16.74 - CTR: 8.63%
Fri 3rd: Page views: 389 - Est Earnings: 11.76 - CTR: 7.71%
Sat 4th: Page views: 308 - Est Earnings: 04.20 - CTR: 5.84%
Sun 5th: Page views: 337 - Est Earnings: 11.51 - CTR: 8.01%
Mon 6th: Page views: 493 - Est Earnings: 28.91 - CTR: 8.11%
Tue 7th: Page views: 378 - Est Earnings: 05.19 - CTR: 4.23%
Wed 8th: Page views: 315 - Est Earnings: 01.46 - CTR: 2.22%

Late April I was up to around 690 page views per day, and averaging around 20 per day. May dropped me down to almost half that, but I slowly climbed and stabilized at around 450 page views and averaging about 13 per day. Now this.

For reference, weekends always show a drop, especially Saturdays, but midweek is usually my high point. This week Monday was my best earnings day since April, and Wednesday was my worst since I started.

Is it Panda or Adsense that is messing with me?
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