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10:24 pm on Jul 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

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System: The following 40 messages were cut out of thread at: http://www.webmasterworld.com/google_adsense/4333699.htm [webmasterworld.com] by incredibill - 12:01 pm on Jul 3, 2011 (PST -8)


Something sinister is happening at Google. I can look at the old page, then the new page, and there's a $10 difference. I can look an hour later, both pages are the same, and I've lost $25 of earnings. WTH are they doing at Google?
11:25 pm on July 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

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We probably need justification from ASA
11:28 pm on July 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Not gonna happen. You all know what the choices are.
11:39 pm on July 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Do you think only small fraction of users are affected by this or others just don't care?
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Just lost half my earnings. :-(
2:20 am on July 7, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Over two hours later, unchanged.
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Do you think only small fraction of users are affected by this or others just don't care?


I'm not experiencing it yet however my earnings are now so pathetically low I've gone past the point of caring and just leaving several sites on autopilot.

When I've completed my next couple of projects I'm going to create ads for our own products and trial them, until then I'll just take the beer money.
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@zeus, yes i see the same stats, and it all started in june
i don't like these "adjustments"
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HowYesNo - yes I dont get it why do they always adjust down and its every 30-60 min. as said it really getting on my nerves, you can never trust what you see.
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@HowYesNo do you see any change in your traffic since June?
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still stuck since april
4:28 pm on July 8, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Lost again my earning today
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@jojy

still the same traffic
2:06 am on July 11, 2011 (gmt 0)

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@HowYesNo yes no change in traffic
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Ok, the wild swings seemed to have quieted down a bit for me.
11:44 am on July 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

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This thread is one seriously good reason for checking earnings during the day. Many have argued that they only check monthly in which case this type of activity would be missed completely.

You do need to get it checked out quick though because I can't imagine Google will let it continue much longer.
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I saw something interesting in the AdSense Help section.

"...we reserve the right to adjust a publisher’s earnings in the case that an advertiser who advertised on their site defaults on payment."

[google.com...]

So there are other factors besides invalid clicks that cause your earnings to be reduced. Google might be going through a problem with advertiser fraud. Maybe some crooks taking advantage of AdWords Postpay options, or perhaps it is outright credit card fraud.

This implies that there could be other reasons to reduce publisher revenue as well.
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