I don't post much anymore, as my main site has been obliterated by the latest updates, despite it is not an EMD, I've never paid for traffic, and have plenty of organic, natural traffic from some great sources. Articles and images I've written and photographed, seem to be no longer attributed to me since the 28th September, and naturally Adsense has plummeted. I've given up on it for now, and so don't check my account very often. I'm focusing my attention on making money from other means. Google's all but dead to me.
Yesterday earnings ended up at 40%. Looking at my webmaster tools shows a massive drop in search queries starting September 29 which has yet to recover. It's now down to about 1/4, so I'm pretty surprised to be earning even 40% given the stats.
Traffic down tenfold due to these updates(EMD+Panda same time), so is Adsense as well. Adsense relies a lot on search traffic no wonder things are looking so bleak. Really demotivated to check the Adsense stats now. Things are as dead as can be. Not even a glimmer of hope yet from this disastrous update.
Not even a glimmer of hope yet from this disastrous update.
I know precisely where you're coming from. I've spent all afternoon analysing stats and charts for the last few years and my Coppermine Gallery has been hit so many times now that it's traffic is less than 25% of only 2-3 years ago.
Why these updates should be taking it out on a unique image gallery I have no idea but then again scraping Google doesn't mind promoting other scrapers to rank above the original.
Therefore I've been experimenting with various sized pages on big/medium/small/tablet and mobile screens to determine which to use when I rebuild this gallery by hand. I've been left with no choice now, there has been too much money disappearing off the table and I have to assume it's a Google dislike for Coppermine over its own stuff.
Currently running at 40% earnings again. Seeing a slight uptick in search queries as of October 4, so maybe things are begininng to turn around? I can only hope so, as this EMD update (or whatever algo tweak is responsible) has definitely hit, and hit hard.
Ah, Columbus. The man who "discovered" America years after the vikings, and never set foot on main land USA.
Back on topic, I don't think Columbus Day has much to do with things. I am averaging 12,200 unique (daily) visitors over a seven day period. I am on 10,000 already today, and with 5.5 hours still to go. So the visitors are coming, but they are not clicking. Maybe their eyes are bleeding from looking at those butt-ugly arrows. ;)