Tuesday 9th August 2011 saw my best day since Thursday 5th May 2011 prior to Panda 2.1 being rolled out with both Page Impressions and Click volume at about 65~70% of pre-Panda plus my EPC was at the higher end of average plus it was almost what I used to say was my minimum daily average earnings' justification for AdSense.
I get the feeling something's changed for the better for me, at the moment...apart from the stats being frozen for the past two hours!
I'm afraid to even mention it, but my CTR is higher today. I've reduced my AdSense ads to two per page. AdSense is only a default ad for the 160x600 Adify space. So theoretically, I've reduced my AdSense ads to one. We'll see what happens.
Two days ago I had probably my lowest day in about two years, and the following day it was one of the highest paying days I've had. Considering I have good steady visitor numbers, and a consistent number of clicks every day, I'm scratching my head at that one. I can only assume some of the clicks weren't added up properly, and the revenue was updated the next day.
Looked at my vistor stats, and had 7,000 more visitors than normal yesterday and tracked it down to a stunbleupon reference. You'd think that would have an impact on clicks and earnings in Adsense, but no. Finished on an average day.
Starting to see visits for my next batch of seasonal sites pick up, with some amazing EPCs. Too small a sample to say it's a trend, but I hope it keeps up as traffic increases. It's better than last August, but in and of itself pretty thin.
Zarathustra2011 (can I call you Zara? Easier to type) - I heavily promote my sites in social media, and I get a significant amount of traffic from it, but I don't tend to get a lot of direct AdSense income from it. I do it because those people do tend to bookmark my sites and I think they come back over and over and share with their friends, and my AdSense earnings from direct visits are pretty good. So if your content is good, your extra SU traffic may well have a longterm positive affect on your earnings.
Re zarathustra2011's post, SU and other social media sites can provide tremendous (albeit temporary) boosts in traffic but it's a double-edged sword: social media traffic clicks on ads much, much less than search traffic does. Another thing I've noticed is that a heavy hit of social media traffic tends to depress CPM for several days after the peak. IMHO, that's Google's Smart Pricing kicking in. Win some, lose some... and what are the effects over the long term?
Thanks NetMeg and WordsnCollision for the input - I think your observations and experience shows both the benefits and pitfalls of social media websites.
Stats seem stuck for me today, but I never seem to get an accurate reflection of earnings these days, so I just wait until the end of the day. August thus far has been much like July - not really a great start, but could be worse.
I am a youtuber, and I have been watching and following this thread ( as they change monthly ) and was waiting with intrepidation until the next upgrade affected me ( us youtubers ) well it finally has, and my stats are literally down 50% over a period of days. One small change ripped through the partners like a saw and trimmed half my revenues. I am still doing ok even with a 50% haircut, but it is like going back in time, to start all over and make even more videos, and hopefully get the one that goes viral....I carry the camera literally with me everywhere..good luck to all. Ian
My Pandalisation, on one specific image site was 2.1 at the end of the first week of May mostly centred on a Coppermine gallery with tens of thousands of my images. Like you the earnings were slashed by 50%.
We're now 3 months later and things have noticeably picked up this week. I have not touched this gallery whatsoever and have no intention of doing so, it's purely a widget reference gallery and I simply do not have the time to add fluff descriptions to everything. People come to see the variation in the widgets, not to learn about them.
My feeling is that Panda is just starting to "learn" about this type of gallery and especially so when the overall algo realises that these widget images are not available anywhere else and people do keep searching for them until they do find them.
The images never disappeared from image search but they did from the regular SERPs but this week they have been returning there. I shall know better when the holiday season is over and people get back to thinking about spending serious money.