Hmmm...I woke up to my best day since 27th June mostly due, at some point during the night, to some excellent click values from two specific sites with quite a few $1.00+ clicks several of which were obviously from the UK...yet another bizarre AdSense day.
I see those variations too and decided to step back a bit and try to see things on a weekly or even monthly basis. Doesn't make sense to go nuts on one (or two) not so good day if the weekly results (or monthly) are on the way up.
I've had one average day, and eight below average days in July - same ads, same visitor numbers, same number of clicks, but not close to some of the payouts I was getting on good days in May and June. Not looking promising at all, and I really don't understand why.
I've had only one average day since mid May. Everything else has been under. That's a very long stretch for my account to not see average earnings. Been running AdSense since November 2004, never seen it this bad. Hope it gets better.
Disgustingly horrible. If it is not their targeting, they are losing advertisers by the 1,000s.
I think they micro-managed this thing where we are headed back to 2002 and there wasn't a way to make money with ads on your websites anymore unless it was an affiliate program.
My thinking is that we are at the end of an era for webmasters. It really looks like the days of the hard working independent webmaster earning income through third party ads is on it's way out. GoogleSoft's Algo favors back door buddy deals with big name websites, and the adsense department is punishing webmasters with a nose-diving eCPM for various reasons.
It really looks like the end of an era, or one that is pale reflection of what it once was.
We might have to face the facts that the "Wal-Marting" of the web means that our field of producing independent websites is obsolete. When you are getting hit from both sides, I think they are trying to tell you something.
azlinda - if I were seeing ads like that, I'd be all over the Google forums like white on rice complaining about it - not just AdSense, but AdWords too. That's just wrong. And if your site somehow is being targeted by some weird scam/spam click fraud network (of which there are plenty) you at least want to get someone's attention. Next time you see ads like that, you take screenshots.