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