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8:52 am on Aug 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

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July was a bit of a roller coaster for me but with August being a big holiday month I wonder what it will (not) bring?
3:54 am on Aug 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

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My traffic has been increasing the last four days. If it keeps up, it won't be long until it's back where it was pre-April 11, 2011. BUT, my CTR is nowhere near what it used to be. The ads on my site look extremely well targeted. It's just that no one is clicking. I have to have 3.5 times the CTR I have now. I don't understand it.
11:53 am on Aug 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Yesterday closed again at 50%. So far, not one average earnings day all month.
12:36 pm on Aug 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

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It is like some bargain basement intellects have been allowed to banjax a perfectly good contextual advertising system. IBAs are a solution to a problem that didn't exist until they created it.

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1:46 pm on Aug 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Yesterday was the HIGHEST daily earning I've seen since 2006.

Traffic is up. Most importantly, RPM is excellent - I'm seeing a 50% increase compared to early this year. And when RPM increases, earnings shoot up.

I guess when Adsense bamboozled your earnings, they shoved it towards my niche :o)

What I did: Simply digged to my analytics account to see

- What type of content in terms of topic generates the best traffic and most Adsense clicks, and made more of those making sure my article is way better than competitors.

My highest trafficked page (and keyword) this month is a post I did that appears as #7 in Google for its keyword, but gets a huge number of traffic/clicks because all the others are just top 7 or top 10, while mine is a top 20 2-page article with 5,000 words. I hope the post moves up to #1 in time

- went back to the referral site that brought me the most users who click on Adsense. I got lazy and stopped my presence in what used to be my biggest source of Adsense traffic a few years back (it was time consuming). I reactivated my account, got busy again, and now I'm seeing the results again
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Reduced the number of Google Ads I had on some of my highest rating pages yesterday, and just have a image banner at the top of the page - it's turning out some great, highly relevant ads at the moment, and so far looks like it could be promising in terms of earnings.
6:14 pm on Aug 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Yesterday was a really, really good day. Today is starting where yesterday left off. CTR is almost double what it's been and not because of a lag in visit stats. It's looking like the third record month in a row at this point.
7:40 pm on Aug 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Yesterday was good. Also had an upturn in traffic. Not sure if I'm being depandalized or if it's a seasonal swing though.
3:56 am on Aug 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Another 50% day here.
5:18 am on Aug 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Something is very bad..
Same page impressions but 40% on clicks!

This is FUBAR!
9:06 am on Aug 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Actually, the changes (thus far) haven't seemed to have made any difference. Still if I can reduce Ads and still make the same, that in itself isn't a bad thing. Am also having a play with colours - I'm making the Adsense links a brighter shade to see if they entice more clicks.
Feels like fishing for clicks, and not knowing what bait to use.
9:25 am on Aug 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Anybody who gets significant academic or related traffic (as I do) should start to see an up-tick any time soon. Always nice to see!
8:08 pm on Aug 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

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CTR is really dead today. Stuck I hope.
8:33 pm on Aug 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Oh...wow...I'm having a halfway reasonable day, nothing like pre-Panda earnings but much better than usual, in fact with 12 hours to go I've already reached my August daily average.

Please don't take it away Google!
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Things were looking pretty good as of 10:00am. Seven hours later and barely a blip. :-(
12:12 am on Aug 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

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July was the best month ever (even with 2 sites down)
August? nice until yesterday.
Today? baaad, slower and lower than yesterday
my AS stats look like a screen grab that doesn't change :(
4:25 am on Aug 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

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It's still (18 days in) a good strong month.
12:08 pm on Aug 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Thursday was the second best day of the month for me almost attaining my pre-Panda minimum.

Today's had a good start thanks to an advertiser bidding $5.00 instead of $0.50 :-)
4:34 pm on Aug 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Yesterday was a good day - no idea if it was influenced by my changing the link colours. No idea what today will bring - doesn't look great thus far, but things always change.
Fortunately I'm making money elsewhere, so Google Ads is no longer my sole income.
7:29 pm on Aug 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

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After a good start to the day the whole thing seems to have come to a halt! Where did those hamsters go?
7:52 pm on Aug 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

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After a good start to the day the whole thing seems to have come to a halt! Where did those hamsters go?


Same here...the hamsters are on a LONG coffee break...or tea for those in the UK.
3:16 am on Aug 20, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Tanked. So far, August 2011 is averaging 1/3 of August 2010.
9:46 am on Aug 20, 2011 (gmt 0)

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The hamsters returned and I ended up with a precisely post-Panda average August day!

However so far today, apart from page impressions, I am flat lining, zeroes across the board, not a darned thing yet...ok, I know it's early'ish but I've never seen this before...phut, phut, phut, click, click, click:-)
12:58 pm on Aug 20, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Errr...hellooooooooooooo...anyone there?

1 click and USD 0.24 in earnings...what have they broken now?
1:50 pm on Aug 20, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Yesterday I hit a new low with CTR. It was almost non-existent!
2:28 pm on Aug 20, 2011 (gmt 0)

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1 click and USD 0.24 in earnings...what have they broken now?


... considering how broken things are, it could be 24 clicks and 1 cent earnings... ;-p
2:51 pm on Aug 20, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Now I'm up to the dizzy heights of 5 clicks and USD 1.24...WooHoo...last of the high rollers! Another 12 clicks and I'll be able to buy a beer :-)

Looks like a completely fubard and banjaxed day all rolled into one.
5:15 pm on Aug 20, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Not seeing any change from last month. Still down 65% from pre-Panda.
I did just today allow all certified ad networks back into the mix after I blocked them for the last 30 days. We'll see if it changes anything. Blocking them all gave me a slight boost at first...then it fell back again.
8:26 pm on Aug 20, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Yesterday turned out pretty well, and today's looking very good indeed. Not sure if it's the colour changing tactic.
7:29 am on Aug 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

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One of my best days ever. Hope it continues.
8:50 am on Aug 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

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What happened yesterday? I experienced a HUGE drop in ecpm. about 50% drop in earnings with regular traffic. anyone in this situation?
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