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May 2012 AdSense Earnings & Observations

     
2:06 pm on May 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Will the downwards spiral continue for some of us? Why do the supposed big earners hardly ever post?

Confused? "These questionsóand many othersówill be answered in this month's episode of...AdSense."
6:13 am on May 6, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Same here. I either get an improvement in clicks and CPC drops, or vice versa. Saturday's better than Friday, but still got a long way to go, before I'm back to where I was earlier in the year.
6:16 am on May 6, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Nah, watching something far more adult than that... Angie does Adsense.


I heard it was actually a horror movie.
7:10 am on May 6, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Very slow saturday - traffic is ok, ads still seem relevant.

The question "what's going on with Adsense" is futile - only the huge earners do well.

There's probably a bunch of new Adsense signals which probably bins most of the clicks. Once below a certain threshold - the dark pit - adsense won't even bother to look at click activity, no genuine user interest, buying mood etc. The Adsense message is loud & clear: "Go Away, we're not interested (anymore)"
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Feb 22 I had a day just like this! But the traffic was a lot less then!
That is a serious step back!

Pageviews = 35% increase
Clicks = 40% increase
CTR = 18% decrease
CPC = 23% decrease

Earnings = .11% decrease
7:46 am on May 6, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I VOTE

All of us disaffected Adsense Lemmings meet at a suitable location [thousands of hints now come forward], we then all join hands...

AND

We jump off the highest cliff on the planet.

Thereby we all achieve deep revenge, we make the kiddies at Google go into a deep, deep syndrome of...

GUILT

Frankly I can't think of anything better. I have truly original rich content which Mr Google considers "rip off sites" are far better than mine and Panda/Penguin thinks after 14 years, with literally 100,000's of back links is KRAP compared to "Joe's Conversational Blog".

I give up.

[ADDED] I'm a sick, surly basket. I couldn't give a stuff about the money. I do care about my international prestige being trashed.
12:04 pm on May 6, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Yesterday click count stuck around mid-day and STILL has not moved. Ridiculous.
12:55 pm on May 6, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I'm in your boat, IanCP, except that I rely on AdSense for my income. Almost donw to less than 1/10 of March 2011 now... and I was hoping to build from there. Building from here will be almost impossible.
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we need more fonts, more ad sizes, more control.
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I'd settle for
- ability to see ads from various geographical locations - I want to see what people in the US, UK, Canada, India, etc see.
- per-ad preview & blocking, but implemented by a grown up (so we can see where we are in the stream, see which site the ad appears on, download a list for off-line blocking en masse, etc etc etc) Their ad preview/block interface is amongst the worst I have *ever* seen in my 40 years.
- individual ad performance data
- which ad network the ad belongs to before blocking all ads from that network
- ad network performance data, again per site

In short, an interface that was not designed by and for the Under 7 remedial basketweaving class.
2:33 pm on May 6, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Fearless Rick. Amen to ALL that you said!
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The big Adsense earners do have more controls - different layouts and sizes? Can display more than 3 ads / page.

Wouldn't he surprised if Adsense policy controls for big earners are more relaxed, non-existent. They most likely dont have to deal with all the Adsense tweaks for small / mid earners.

With the new adsense, is it possible to rise from a no-name to the ranks of the big time earners?
3:05 pm on May 6, 2012 (gmt 0)

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You should try self-employment in France. Big employment issues here, and yet they are pretty anti self-employment. I live nextdoor to the mayor for my commune, and he works cash in hand, undeclared, as does just about everybody I've come across - they couldn't survive any other way.
And yes I do declare my earnings and Adsense revenue, more fool me perhaps.

Today has a little more promise, though nothing to get too excited about. CTR is good, clicks up, though CPC down.
3:24 pm on May 6, 2012 (gmt 0)

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You should try self-employment in France

or not...
5:33 pm on May 6, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Meanwhile, yet another fubard Sunday, my USA CTR today is 0.05% so far...WTF? I've already supposedly had 75% of my average daily visitors and I'm also supposed to believe that only 1 visitor in every 2,000 page views is clicking?

I must be turning religious if I believe this crock of BS.
5:36 pm on May 6, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Hmmm...double post!
5:50 pm on May 6, 2012 (gmt 0)

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My stats are messed up. There's just no way this is right. :-(
7:22 pm on May 6, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I am just curious.

I never see Adsense ads due to ABP and NoScript on my PC browser.

And, I know most of my Android friends have Adblocker installed.

So, what is the Google plan to get ads in front of eyeballs as more people use these types of blockers?

I wonder what the future Google alternative to javascript loaded ads will be especially for mobile users?
7:28 pm on May 6, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Yahoo publishers use serverside scripts with "call outs" to adservers ..unblockable..

More complex to implement widely ..but feasible, "if G gave everyone the scripts" and "explained how to incorporate them" to those who can't write their own, and or implement them on their own sites..
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I don't think even Google is quite ready to force ads on users who actively don't want to see them.
9:16 pm on May 6, 2012 (gmt 0)

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So, what is the Google plan to get ads in front of eyeballs as more people use these types of blockers?


Dont loose track of the average viewer - they have never heard of an ad blocker. Forget the effect of ad blockers.
9:37 pm on May 6, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I'm making more today from my two CPM partners than Adsense.

Who needs clicks? I can go broke with or without Goooooooogle's help. They are truly not evil. I know it in my heart. They're just greeeeeeeeedy.
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Falling off a cliff since Friday....
11:43 pm on May 6, 2012 (gmt 0)

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These past two days have been my two worst since 2003. CTR is in the toilet.

I've been experimenting with media.net in some positions and their RPM is much higher. And guess what? You actually have a sales rep to contact whenever you have a question or problem.

It this continues, I think my site will be Adsense free before long.
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Falling off a cliff since Friday....

already fell and died since last month.
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Yesterday earnings down in the 20% range again. :-|
12:35 pm on May 7, 2012 (gmt 0)

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1st week of May hit the roof!
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First week of May has been pretty low.
CTR is now at 0.76%, CPC / RPM fell by 30% just this week alone.

The rest of May must be booming to make up for the first week.

The display network for small / med earners is dying out with this trends. Big time earners - needless to say - do well.

Good thing it drives CPC up on the search network and with that the inevitable fall will come. There's no boom without bust.
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There have been a LOT of changes to AdWords lately, and some of them have been pretty lousy (although not necessarily affecting the Display Network) Maybe some of the advertisers are pulling back a little.
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Panda: two sites dead and the rest up, result? overall earnings up, higher.

BUT, new algo: my earnings were directly cut to half, same traffic, less clicks, less money. Until yesterday earnings went back to normal average (but higher than a regular saturday).

Yes all my sites are pure original content, pictures, everything natural, no spammy stuff, pure follower of the clean work. Never bought a link, pure natural links.
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Crappy weekend but right back where it should be today.....
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